Software development is usually a linear activity, even when you use an iterative process, and the steps from one phase to the next take place in a logical and linear fashion. The management of the development process, however, is rarely linear. You will find yourself jumping from one problem domain to the next, where the methods to reach one solution don’t often help you in another. The best you can do is bring all your intelligence to bear on the challenge of the moment, knowing your goal is to lead others out of chaos and into clarity. You might call this “living on the edge of chaos,” and perhaps this describes some of your days at the helm.


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