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Extreme Programming Explained by Kent Beck

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Chapter 14. Splitting Business and Technical Responsibility

One key to our strategy is to keep technical people focused on technical problems and business people focused on business problems. The project must be driven by business decisions, but the business decisions must be informed by technical decisions about cost and risk.

There are two common failure modes in the relationship between Business and Development. If either Business or Development gains too much power, the project suffers.

Business

If Business has the power, they feel fit to dictate all four variables to Development. "Here is what you will do. Here is when it will be done. No, you can't have any new workstations. And it better be of the highest quality or you're in trouble, buster." ...

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