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adds columns  and shorter cycle-time, which adds up to lower cost and higher delivery performance. This column will continue to explore the change/size paradox—big companies desiring speed and growing companies desiring stability. The author would appreciate feedback on material presented as well as suggestions for future study and reporting. The general theme is IT management and the goal is to make it easier to get clients what they want and what they need to succeed. About The Author Jim Dowling is VP of the

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