Overview

Tom DeMarco's now classic "novel about project management," The Deadline follows the curious adventure of software manager, Webster Tompkins, who finds himself invited to manage a huge new software factory in Morovia, an ex-Soviet satellite. Well, he isn't actually invited. What he is is kidnapped. The kidnapper is the lovely but not-too-principled Movian agent Lahksa Hoolihan. What Lahksa offers Webster is the chance to run the operation as a kind of management laboratory: he can run each project not just once, ...
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The Deadline

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Overview

Tom DeMarco's now classic "novel about project management," The Deadline follows the curious adventure of software manager, Webster Tompkins, who finds himself invited to manage a huge new software factory in Morovia, an ex-Soviet satellite. Well, he isn't actually invited. What he is is kidnapped. The kidnapper is the lovely but not-too-principled Movian agent Lahksa Hoolihan. What Lahksa offers Webster is the chance to run the operation as a kind of management laboratory: he can run each project not just once, but half a dozen times with competing teams, organized along different principles to determine which of his hunches about project dynamics are on- and off-target. Mr. Tompkins brings in a number of software consultants (you're bound to recognize a few of them at least in spite of the author's attempt to conceal their identities). Get ready for the most entertaining lesson on management you've ever encountered.
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Editorial Reviews

Book Jacket - Bruce Taylor
Tom DeMarco once again gleefully peels away the onion layers of management issues with a humanity and insight that translates as easily into corporate and general management as it does into management of software projects and teams. In The Deadline, he gives us a chuckle of a book, rich with both the absurdities of our daily work lives, with metric devices that can help us manage and perform at peak.
Book Jacket - John Sculley
Here's a management book which is just plain fun to read. The Deadline is an innovative and entertaining story with insightful business principles for team-based project management at the end of each chapter.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016575094
  • Publisher: Tom DeMarco
  • Publication date: 4/5/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 647,045
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Tom DeMarco is the author of thirteen books, including novels, short stories and books about the technological workplace and the people in it.
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