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Why do some programs deliver their product under budget, while others see their costs expand by orders of magnitude? Why do some deliver ahead of schedule, while others experience endless delay after endless delay? And most critically, which products work better - the quick and thrifty or the slow and expensive? Which situation leads to superior equipment? Dan Ward, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force, set out to look into these questions at the Air Force Institute of Technology and he noticed a pattern. The most successful project leaders from government and industry alike tend to deliver top-shelf stuff with a skeleton crew, a shoestring budget and a cannonball schedule. They often say, We were just lucky to have a small team of really creative, dedicated people and we got it done. In contrast, project leaders who are cursed with large budgets, large teams and long schedules generally have a difficult time delivering even a fraction of the promised capability. They often say, If I had a little more time and money, I could fix this. What Ward realized is that all of that investment spells death for innovation. The real secret is to follow the F.I.R.E. initiative - to be Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained and Elegant. Read on in F.I.R.E. to know more.

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