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Modernizing Legacy Systems: Software Technologies, Engineering Processes, and Business Practices by Grace A. Lewis, Daniel Plakosh, Robert C. Seacord

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Chapter 2. The Beast

The Beast
 

Il m'a dit qu'il ne faut jamais / Vendre la peau de l'ours qu'on ne l'ait mis par terre. (He told me never to sell the bear's skin before one has killed the beast.)

 
 --Jean de La Fontaine, Fables, “L'Ours et les deux Compagnons” V. 20

The remainder of this book is built around a modernization case study, affectionately nicknamed “The Beast.” This case study combines elements from numerous modernization efforts we have participated in. The need to do so is straightforward: Large modernization efforts often take many years. By the time the final system is deployed, the methods and techniques used in the requirements phase have ...

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