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Software Craftsmanship: The New Imperative by Pete McBreen

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Chapter 17. Experience—The Best Indicator of Project Success

Although there have been few scientific studies, anecdotal evidence suggests that the best predictor of software delivery is experience. Unfortunately, not all experience is created equal. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence of the existence of developers who have10 or 20 years of experience and who have, for one reason or another, failed to learn from that experience. This chapter mainly addresses the questions that customers and managers have when they attempt to find developers to create an application.

When it comes to delivering a project successfully, “Been there, done that, got the T-shirt” wins every time. That is, pick the developers whom you already know and trust. It is that ...

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