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Acquisition Archetypes: Feeding the Sacred Cow

  • March 2008
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.

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