Anyone who has spent time on a prolonged software project will find themselves nodding and shaking their heads as they relate to the patterns presented.
A few of my favorite patterns:
Empty Chair - "Many projects fall short of real success for want of a single individual whose responsibility it is to ensure that the resulting business process - from the users' point of view - works as well as possible."
Feature Soup - "The features of the product grow with each addition, but after a while, everyone - marketing, customers and development - loses sight of how all these pieces fit together and how they help achieve the business goals."
Hidden Value - "There is an aesthetic element to all design [seen and unseen]. The question is, Is this aesthetic element your friend or your enemy? If you're a manager....you might be worried that any aesthetic component of the designer's work could be a waste, little more than the gold-plating that we're all taught must be avoided. This aesthetics-neutral posture in a manager acts to deprive designers of appreciation for work that is excellent, and to refuse acknowledgment of any valuation beyond 'adequate'."