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Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules by Steve McConnell

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Managing the Risks of RDLs

The power of an RDL can be seductive, and most of the risks associated with the use of RDLs arise from not recognizing the limits of that power.

Silver-bullet syndrome and overestimated savings. As with other productivity tools, RDLs are prone to gimmickry and exaggerated claims. Regardless of vendors' claims, it is unlikely that even the most powerful RDL will allow you to reduce your end-to-end development time by as much as 25 percent. Be leery of any product that claims otherwise, or at least don't bank on saving as much time as you're promised.

Even if you see through vendors' silver-bullet claims and have a realistic idea of the design- and code-time savings from an RDL, estimating the end-to-end time savings is ...

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