Death March / Edition 1

Death March / Edition 1

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by Edward Yourdon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0130146595

ISBN-13: 9780130146595

Pub. Date: 06/15/1999

Publisher: Pearson Education

The complete software developer's guide to surviving projects that are "doomed to fail."


In the course of a career, practically every software developer and manager will encounter projects with outrageous staffing, scheduling, budgeting, or feature constraints: projects that seem destined to fail. In the wake of re-engineering, such "Death

Overview

The complete software developer's guide to surviving projects that are "doomed to fail."


In the course of a career, practically every software developer and manager will encounter projects with outrageous staffing, scheduling, budgeting, or feature constraints: projects that seem destined to fail. In the wake of re-engineering, such "Death March" projects have become a way of life in many organizations.



  • Surviving projects that are "doomed to fail"!

  • Negotiating the best deal up-front.

  • Managing people and setting priorities.

  • Choosing tools and technologies.

  • When it's time to walk away.


Now, best-selling author Edward Yourdon brings his unique technology and management insights to the worst IS projects, showing how to maximize your chances of success--and, if nothing else, how to make sure your career survives them.


Yourdon walks step-by-step through the entire project life cycle, showing both managers and developers how to deal with the politics of "Death March" projects--and how to make the most of the available resources, including people, tools, processes, and technology.


Learn how to negotiate for the flexibility you need, how to set priorities that make sense--and when to simply walk away. Discover how to recognize the tell-tale signs of a "Death March" project--or an organization that breeds them.


If you've ever been asked to do the impossible, Death March is the book you've been waiting for.


Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130146595
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
06/15/1999
Series:
Yourdon Press Computing Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
Death March Defined. Categories of Death March Projects. Why Do Death March Projects Happen? Why Do People Participate in Death March Projects? Summary.

2. Politics.
Identifying the Political “Players” Involved in the Project. Determining the Basic Nature of the Project. Identifying the Levels of Commitment of Project Participants. Summary.

3. Negotiations.
Rational Negotiations. Identifying Acceptable Trade-offs. Negotiating Games. Negotiating Strategies. What to Do When Negotiating Fails.

4. People in Death March Projects.
Hiring and Staffing Issues. Loyalty, Commitment, Motivation, and Rewards. The Importance of Communication. Team-Building Issues. Workplace Conditions for Death March Projects. Summary.

5. Processes.
The Concept of “Triage” . The Importance of Requirements Management. SEI, ISO-9000, and Formal vs Informal Processes. “Good Enough” Software. Best Practices and Worst Practices. The “Daily Build” Concept. Risk Management. Summary.

6. Tools and Technology.
The Minimal Toolset. Tools and Process. The Risks of Choosing New Tools. Summary.

7. Death March as a Way of Life.
Why Would Death March Projects Become the Norm? Establishing a Death March “Culture” . Death March Training. The Concept of “WarGames” . Summary.

Index.

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Death March 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.