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Acquisition Archetypes: Brooks' Law

  • October 2009
  • By Linda Levine , William E. Novak
  • This April 2009 whitepaper focuses on the problems of underspending, which can result in funds being shifted from one acquisition program to another.
  • Acquisition Support
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Instiute
  • Abstract

    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.

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