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Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects by Timothy Lister, Tom DeMarco

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20. Sensitivity Analysis

The delicate matter at the heart of this chapter is increased stakeholder accountability. We’ve already proposed the necessity of thrusting responsibility for value projection and measurement of realized value onto a system’s users and stakeholders (to the same precision as cost estimates and actuals). Now we would have you make the case for some incrementalism in this value accounting. This is delicate because you can’t simply oblige your clients to be that accountable. You have to wheedle and persuade and call in favors. Do you really want to spend whatever political capital you may have on these seemingly abstruse matters? In this chapter, we are going to try to persuade you that you do.

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