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Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules by Steve McConnell

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Chapter 37. Theory-W Management

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A software project involves many stakeholders with competing interests, including bosses, developers, end-users, customers, and maintainers. Theory-W provides a project-management framework for reconciling competing interests. It is based on making an explicit effort to understand what the different stakeholders need in order to "win," negotiating conflicts among the stakeholders' win conditions, and then structuring the project so that everyone realizes their win conditions. Theory-W produces its schedule savings through improved efficiency of working relationships, improved progress visibility, and reduced risk. ...

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