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When Good Enough Software Is Best
May 1995 (vol. 12 no. 3)
pp. 79-81

There's a sign that my printer displays prominently on his wall. "You can get it fast; you can have it cheap; you can get it right. Pick two! That same sign could be displayed on the wall of every software-development organization. And yet most of our customers want all three. Ed Yourdon tackles that dilemmain this issue's column. He contends that we don't rationally establish proper balance among the critical project parameters: cost, schedule, staffing, functionality, and quality. Our customers want us to optimize all these parameters, even when this is clearly impossible. The purists among you may find Ed's comments grating. But I suspect that those of you who've been bloodied in the project wars will find wisdom in his words. -- Roger Pressman

Citation:
Edward Yourdon, "When Good Enough Software Is Best," IEEE Software, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 79-81, May 1995, doi:10.1109/52.382191
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