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Self-Study Questions

  1. A software project has been estimated to cost $850,000 and take 10 months. Given the project outcomes from the Standish Group report mentioned at the beginning of the chapter, if the project completes at all what will its cost and schedule more likely turn out to be?

  2. Name at least one software-intensive company that was in business in the year 2000 that isn't in business today. When did they go out of business? Why did they go out of business?

  3. Name at least one software-intensive company that was in business in the year 2000 that is much smaller today (fewer employees, smaller market share, etc.) than they were then. What happened to the company between then and now? Why are they so much smaller now than before?

  4. Can you describe a software project that was a net money loser for an organization? Who was that organization? What was the project? When did it happen? How much money do you think was spent on the project? How much, if any, do you think the software project recovered? Justify your answers.

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