The Deadline: A Novel About Project Management

The Deadline: A Novel About Project Management

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by Tom DeMarco
     
 

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From prolific and influential consultant and author Tom DeMarco comes a project management novel that vividly illustrates the principles — and development team.

With his trademark wit set free in the novel format, DeMarco centers the plot around the development of six software products. Mr. Tompkins, a manager downsized from a giant telecommunications company,

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From prolific and influential consultant and author Tom DeMarco comes a project management novel that vividly illustrates the principles — and development team.

With his trademark wit set free in the novel format, DeMarco centers the plot around the development of six software products. Mr. Tompkins, a manager downsized from a giant telecommunications company, divides the huge staff of developers at his disposal into eighteen teams — three for each of the products. The teams are of different sizes and use different methods, and they compete against each other . . . and against an impossible deadline.

With these teams, and with the help of numerous consultants who come to his aid, Mr. Tompkins tests the project management principles he has gathered over a lifetime. Key chapters end with journal entries that form the core of the eye-opening approaches to management illustrated in this entertaining novel.

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American Programmer
The Deadline is almost as funny as a book full of Dilbert cartoons, but it's far less cynical. More important, it contains some profound wisdom, and some practical, positive advice for improving the chances of meeting your next project deadline. I highly recommend it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780932633392
Publisher:
Dorset House Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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