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Acquisition Archetypes: Brooks' Law

October 2009 White Paper
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.

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.