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Extreme Programming Installed by Chet Hendrickson, Ann Anderson, Ron Jeffries

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Air Traffic Control System

Planes get handed off between control areas, and in times of emergency certain areas take over wider areas of control. So all these systems have to talk to each other, and replacing the nation's outmoded control system with a new one is an immense task.

OK, we admit it, we don't know anything about air traffic control. But we do know that a current theory is that the planes should control themselves, communicating with each other and adjusting their paths the way that birds do, maintaining certain preferred distances, increasing their desire to move away when they get too close, and so on. One of the problems with this system is that not all planes would be smart enough to do this. In addition, what would happen if ...

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