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CMMI for Outsourcing: Guidelines for Software, Systems, and IT Acquisition by Susan Kushner, John W. Mishler, Deborah K. Yedlin, Hubert F. Hofmann

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Chapter 2. Getting Started

 

The general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand.

 
 --Sun Tzu (6th century B.C.)

Individuals recognize leadership through observation—by watching the actions of the boss to see whether he or she exhibits certain characteristics. True leaders exhibit the attributes of their beliefs, values, ethics, character, knowledge, and skills. When followers share or admire these attributes, they want to achieve the goals set forth by the leaders of an organization. Therefore, hidden truth number 1, “Obtain and maintain executive leadership” (discussed in Chapter 1), is imperative to becoming a successful acquirer. ...

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