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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    The story of my life

    The story of my life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2007

    A good start

    This book is going to be as influential as 'The Mythical Man-Month'. Yourdon tackles some issues that need to be addressed in the modern software development industry. He does offer some insightful analysis as to why things get as bad as they do, and his strategies and recommendations are useful. However, this book is typical of 'guru' books in that there's enough useful information in it for few brilliant articles, but not enough to fill a whole book. The book is 230 pages long but a good quarter of it is verbatim copy of E-mails Mr. Yourdon received from other contributors. It is right and appropriate for him to cite his sources, but there has to be a better way of doing it. There's also a fair bit of filler material: white space, bulleted lists, diagrams, and unnecessary repetition. The writing is cumbersome, such that if there's a choice between a simple word and a complex word ('use' and 'utilize', for example) Yourdon picks the bigger word every time as if he's getting paid by the letter. The personal anecdotes and stories are interesting, but I buy technical books for useful content, not to 'chew the fat' with the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2003

    I read this book in one evening.

    If nothing else you will find the examples in the book humorous because they are just like the projects you've been on. I found a whole list of ideas for ways to deal with problems on my own project. Not just for project managers either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2002

    Political aspects of your project

    The book illustrates that politics exists in your project as well. To determine all major political players, involved in the project is the task of any participant: from the stakeholder and project manager to the minor developer. It¿s a hard task to spot all the players, but once you did it, your project will get more chances to survive and you will keep your sanity. This book doesn¿t have easy answers, but it will encourage you to start analyzing things which you never thought about.

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    Posted October 20, 2010

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