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Critical Decisions in Software Development: Updating the State of the Practice
September/October 2009 (vol. 26 no. 5)
pp. 84-87
Michael A. Cusumano, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alan MacCormack, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chris F. Kemerer, University of Pittsburgh
William (Bill) Crandall, Hewlett-Packard
This article focuses on how to choose the "right" software development process, how to structure global software design chains, how to manage the interaction of project structure and software design, and how to balance innovation and efficiency in a software business.

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Index Terms:
software development process, project management, software design, software business, software engineering
Citation:
Michael A. Cusumano, Alan MacCormack, Chris F. Kemerer, William (Bill) Crandall, "Critical Decisions in Software Development: Updating the State of the Practice," IEEE Software, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 84-87, Sept.-Oct. 2009, doi:10.1109/MS.2009.124
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