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Our Worst Current Development Practices
March 1996 (vol. 13 no. 2)
pp. 102-104

How to get people and technology to work together.

There's an old saying that goes: "There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did and those who did and never thought." In the software business, our worst failures tend to fall into the second category. Too often we plunge into a major project, without considering the factors that have the strongest bearing on success or failure. Even worse, many software managers refuse to learn from failure, repeating the same destructive behavior project after project, then wondering why Mylanta has become one of their major food groups.

This issue, Capers Jones talks about failed projects and the practices that lead to them. Throughout his career, Jones has studied thousands of software projects. His strength lies in his ability to analyze the critical software metrics and extract pragmatic advice for real managers on real projects. Heeding his message may help you to think first, then do.

Roger Pressman

Citation:
Capers Jones, "Our Worst Current Development Practices," IEEE Software, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 102-104, March 1996, doi:10.1109/52.506467
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