The Deadline

The Deadline

by Tom DeMarco
     
 
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

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016575094
Publisher:
Tom DeMarco
Publication date:
04/05/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
310
Sales rank:
305,932
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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