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Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules by Steve McConnell

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Four Dimensions of Development Speed

Whether you're bogged down trying to avoid mistakes or cruising at top speed with highly effective schedule-oriented practices, your software project operates along four important dimensions: people, process, product, and technology. People perform quickly, or they perform slowly. The process leverages people's time, or it throws up one stumbling block after another. The product is defined in such a way that it almost builds itself, or it is defined in a way that stymies the best efforts of the people who are building it. Technology assists the development effort, or it thwarts developers' best attempts.

You can leverage each of these four dimensions for maximum development speed. Figure 2-3 illustrates the ...

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