Five easy ways to fail

“Even though a bad team of developers tends to be the No. 1 cause of software project failures, you’d never know it from reading official postmortems. In all fields, from software to logistics to customer service, people are too nice to talk about their co-workers’ lack of competence. You’ll never hear anyone say ‘the team was just not smart enough or talented enough to pull this off.’ Why hurt their feelings? The simple fact is that if the people on a given project team aren’t very good at what they do, they’re going to come into work every day and yet—behold!—the software won’t get created.”

Five Easy Ways to Fail, from the November Inc. Magazine.

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I'm Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Trello and Fog Creek Software, and CEO of Stack Overflow. More about me.