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Acquisition Archetypes: Brooks' Law

  • Author(s): Linda Levine, William E. Novak
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  • Publisher: Software Engineering Instiute
  • Type: White Paper
  • Topics: Acquisition Support
  • Description: This April 2009 whitepaper focuses on the problems of underspending, which can result in funds being shifted from one acquisition program to another.


One in a series of short papers on acquisition patterns of failure.

What happens when a program chooses to ignore Brooks' Law? This archetype explains the dynamics behind Brooks' Law and why it applies to most programs.