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Patterns of Failure: Acquisition Archetypes

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A set of briefs is being developed as an initial part of this effort to describe some of the most common patterns, and assist acquisition programs in handling and avoiding them.
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Software Engineering Institute

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The SEI is developing Acquisition Archetypes to help the software community identify, manage and prevent recurring patterns of counter-productive practices in software acquisition. This work is based on experiences with actual programs, and uses concepts from systems thinking to characterize and analyze dynamics. A set of briefs is being developed as an initial part of this effort to describe some of the most common patterns, and assist acquisition programs in handling and avoiding them.

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Acquisition Archetypes: Firefighting

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Acquisition Archetypes: Feeding the Sacred Cow

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Acquisition Archetypes: PMO versus Contractor Hostility

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Acquisition Archetypes: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

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