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

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Using the Work Breakdown Structure

If you have ever done repair work on your car or home or built something (such as a bookcase), you probably wished you had done a better job of planning. For example, if you ever changed the oil on an old air-cooled Volkswagen, at least once you had the old drain cover off and discovered that you did not have a new fiber gasket and copper washer kit in hand. Because the old one is usually so brittle from heat that it cracks upon removal, reusing it to get to the parts store is a leaky mess at best. The next time you attempted this chore, you probably mentally checked off whether or not you had the gasket and washer kit, the new oil, the right-size wrench, and so forth as well as reviewed the order in which to ...

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