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Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash by Tom Poppendieck, Mary Poppendieck

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Chapter 9. Partners

Synergy

“A world class ‘varsity eight’ (plus coxswain) can cover 2,000 meters over the water in about 5.5 minutes. However, a single sculler can at best row the same distance in about 7 minutes. The difference is synergy, and if rowing faster were a matter of survival, the cooperators would be the fittest.”1

Partnerships are not about cost reduction, they are not about risk reduction, nor are they about adding capacity. The fundamental reason for partnerships is synergy, people—and companies—can achieve better results through cooperation than they can individually.

Emergency!

Tuesday, December 2, 2003. A serious security breach was discovered in a Gentoo Linux server in an Italian University. The system administrator traced ...

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