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  1. Diomedis Spinellis
  2. Silver Bullets and other Mysteries
  3. IEEE Software Magazine V24n3(May/Jun 2007)pp22-23
  4. =ESSAY SUBOPTIMAL PROCESSES DEATHMARCH FADS LEGACY GAMES
  5. Notes Alan Davies's explanation (NASSCOM 2006) of why developers and marketers agree on adding functions with impossible delivery dates.
  6. Reason: Machiavellian win-win after failure

  7. Similarly rather than developers admitting the low quality of a legacy system, they prefer to promote its replacement with one using the latest silver bullet method/technology/process. Managers earn points for vision and proactivity. Vendors make money by selling the new ideas. And if it fails, then both developers and managers can blame the immaturity of the new silver bullet.

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