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Getting Results from Software Development Teams by Lawrence J. Peters and Lawrence Peters

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Chapter 2. Why Is Software So Difficult?

Nearly all of project management is some form of risk management.

Michael Deutsch, Texas A&M University

In the last sixty or so years, stories have proliferated about an area of the Atlantic Ocean bounded by Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and the east coast of Florida—the "Bermuda Triangle"—stories with just enough mystery and semi-fact to encourage their acceptance. The concept is that something in that region has caused many plane crashes, ship disappearances, and any manner of unexplainable phenomena. In this chapter, I’ll examine the software industry’s equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle, the balancing act that software engineering project managers must perform in executing a project plan while trying to meet ...

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