Software Runaways : Monumental Software Disasters / Edition 1

Software Runaways : Monumental Software Disasters / Edition 1

by Robert L. Glass
     
 

ISBN-10: 013673443X

ISBN-13: 9780136734437

Pub. Date: 09/18/1997

Publisher: Prentice Hall

Failure often teaches more than success. This book shows what went wrong in 16 of the worst software disasters of recent years -- and shows how to prevent your own software disasters. Software failure expert Robert Glass reviews the major software disasters of the past decade, including both widely-publicized and less well-known fiascoes. He

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Failure often teaches more than success. This book shows what went wrong in 16 of the worst software disasters of recent years -- and shows how to prevent your own software disasters. Software failure expert Robert Glass reviews the major software disasters of the past decade, including both widely-publicized and less well-known fiascoes. He identifies six characteristics of impending failure, including elements rarely discussed in other software engineering texts, such as the overdependence on new technology and the failure to adequately consider performance issues. Among the failures Glass discusses are: the FAA's Air Traffic Control System; American Airlines' Confirm; and Bank of America's MasterNet. Most important, Glass presents specific lessons to be learned from each of these failures, so your software project won't show up on the nightly news. All software project managers, IS senior management, developers, and other software professionals.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780136734437
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
09/18/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
259
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.

What Is a Software Runaway? The Cries of Software Crisis. "Crunch Mode" and the "Death March" Project. Some Relevant Research Findings.

2. Software Runaway War Stories.

Project Objectives Not Fully Specified. Bad Planning and Estimating. Technology New to the Organization. Inadequate/No Project Management Methodology. Insufficient Senior Staff on the Team. Poor Performance by Suppliers of Hardware/Software. Other' Performance (Efficiency) Problems.

3. Software Runaway Remedies.

Risk Management. Issue Management. Remedies Attempted During Runaways. Remedies Envisioned for the Future.

4. Conclusions.

Index.

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