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Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit by Tom Poppendieck, Mary Poppendieck

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Chapter 4. Deliver as Fast as Possible

“Haste Makes Waste”

In the late 1990s there was a rush for Internet real estate reminiscent of the Oklahoma Land Rush of the 1890s. At high noon the bugles went off and the race for land was on. By sunset it was all over, with tens of thousands of people camped on plots of land. The problem was, in their rush to get land, few had slowed themselves down with provisions. People made a fortune selling food and water, but it would be a long time before those who claimed the land would prosper. First they needed seed, tools, and time for a crop to mature. Top real estate was soon selling at bargain prices as people left in droves. The racers had discovered that to make any money, you had to be able to farm.[1] ...

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