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Acquisition Archetypes: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

  • April 2009
  • This April 2009 whitepaper is one in a short series of acquisition failures. This paper focuses on the problems of underspending, which can result in funds being shifted from one program to another.
  • Acquisition Support
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • Abstract

    From the Acquisition Support Program, one in a series of short papers on acquisition patterns of failure.

    Acquisition Archetype: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

    In today's acquisition environment, where progress is sometimes measured by dollars spent, underspending is not a virtue. In fact, it can lead to having funds shifted to another program.

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