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Patricia A. McQuaid Software disasters—understanding the past, to improve the future Journal of Software: Evolution and Process 24

Article first published online: 25 AUG 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.500

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Over the years, there have been several major software disasters, resulting from poor software project management, poor risk assessment, and poor development and testing practices. The results of the disasters range from project delays, project cancellations, loss of millions of dollars of equipment, to human fatalities. This paper examines three major failures, plus introduces a model to analyze these types of accidents, so that we can remember these software disasters, learn from them, and not repeat the mistakes. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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