The Liar's Club: Concealing rework in concurrent development Academic Article uri icon


  • Successfully implementing concurrent development has proven difficult for many organizations. However, many theories addressing concurrent development treat either technical aspects of the development process (e.g., precedence relationships) or behavioral issues (e.g., creating effective cross-functional teams), but not their linkages. We argue that much of the complexity of concurrent developmentand the implementation failures that plague many organizationsarises from interactions between the technical and behavioral dimensions. We use a dynamic project model that explicitly represents these interactions to investigate how a Liar's Clubconcealing known rework requirements from managers and colleaguescan aggravate the 90% syndrome, a common form of schedule failure, and disproportionately degrade schedule performance and project quality. We discuss the role of the incentives on and behavior of engineers and managers in concurrent development failure and explore policies to improve project performance.

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  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Ford, D. N., & Sterman, J. D.

citation count

  • 81

complete list of authors

  • Ford, DN||Sterman, JD

publication date

  • January 2003