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Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules by Steve McConnell

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Productivity-Tool Acquisition

Organizations that have random or casual methods of acquiring software tools waste about 50 percent of all the money they spend on tools. Worse, poor tool investments are associated with long schedules. Organizations that use formal acquisition strategies can drop their wastage to about 10 percent and avoid the associated schedule problems (Jones 1994).

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Here are some common problems with acquisition tools:

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For more on problems associated with tool acquisition, see Assessment and Control of Software Risks (Jones 1994).

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