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Working with Coders: A Guide to Software Development for the Perplexed Non-Techie by Patrick Gleeson

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© Patrick Gleeson 2017

Patrick Gleeson, Working with Coders, 10.1007/978-1-4842-2701-5_1

1. Introductions

You, Me, and This

Patrick Gleeson

(1)London, UK

This is a book about how software is created, and the people who do the creating. In particular, it’s about how weird and idiosyncratic the process of creating software is, how fickle, and how disaster-prone. And believe me, it is disaster-prone. A study of IT projects at large organizations showed that the average budget overrun of projects that included software creation was 50% higher than of those that didn’t, while the average schedule overrun was ten times higher.1 It’s not just that software creation takes longer than anyone predicts and costs more; it’s that the extent to which it defies ...

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