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

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Myths Associated with Software

The non-physics-based and therefore almost mythological nature of software’s Bermuda Triangle represents one danger zone that all software projects must pass through, but a number of self-generated myths also conspire to threaten software projects. These myths are conceptual in nature and, unfortunately, are often held to be self-evident truths by many software managers.

Myth #1: Software is easier to change than hardware. This myth is more common and more counterintuitive than most managers would care to admit. At first glance, changing software looks a lot easier than changing hardware. For example, how easy would it be to change Hoover Dam? Not very. That is exactly why so much effort went into designing, analyzing, ...

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