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Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules by Steve McConnell

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Why Teams Fail

The cohesiveness of a group depends on the total field of forces that act on that group. As with other aspects of rapid development, you have to do a lot of things right to succeed, but you only have to do one thing wrong to fail. Teams don't need to have all the characteristics described in the previous section, but they do need to have most of them.

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For an excellent discussion of team failure, see Chapter 20, "Teamicide," in Peopleware (DeMarco and Lister 1987).

Teams can fail for any of the reasons listed in Morale Killers, Morale Killers. Those morale killers can keep a team from jelling just as easily as they can undercut individual ...

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