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Acquisition Archetypes: Feeding the Sacred Cow

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  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • Type: White Paper
  • Topics: Acquisition Support
  • Description: Some programs take on a life of their own—privileged, and woven into an organization's existence. But when "sacred cow" projects begin to go wrong, that privilege and protection makes fixing them even more difficult.

Abstract

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

Acquisition Archetype: Feeding the Sacred Cow

Some programs take on a life of their own—privileged, and woven into an organization's existence. But when "sacred cow" projects begin to go wrong, that privilege and protection makes fixing them even more difficult.