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Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules by Steve McConnell

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Risk, High Risk, and Gambling

For purposes of rapid development, some projects are risks, some are high risks, and some are gambles. It's hard to find a software project that doesn't involve some risk, and projects that are merely "risks" are the kind best-suited to achieving maximum development speed. They allow you to move in an efficient, straight line from the beginning of the project to the end. Fast development, while not necessarily easy to achieve, is well within the grasp of the person who understands the strategies and practices described in this book.

 

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