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

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The Software Development Plan

Developing a plan before spending a significant amount of money on it seems to make the most sense. Yet every year thousands of projects proceed without a plan. This is a lot like going on a backpacking trip into the High Sierras without a topographical map or any idea where the various trails go from the 8,000-foot trailhead. You might know where you want to go but have not considered just how you are going to get there. This is similar to starting a software project without a plan or with a plan that is inadequate. In this context, inadequate means that the plan does not consider significant issues that will be encountered or strategize how to deal with them.

A software development plan (SDP) is a means of improving ...

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