ALIGNING SOFTWARE PROJECT DECISIONS: A CASE STUDY http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S0218194006003002
Looking for interesting insights on how decisions are made in software development today, I've come across this article which looks at aligning decisions around RE.
The article has a nice touch on the practice since it is a case study. The authors studied 5 strategic decisions, 10 tactical ones and several operational ones using a framework developed by them.
What I liked best about this article is the fact how the authors reported on the interplay between different stakeholders when discussing decisions. Since that report was based on the interviews, reading it allows one to reason how much the decisions were related to personalities of the decision makers.
Generally, very insightful for us who try to understand why politics in software development plays such a role...