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The authors, consultants in risk and management, show how to identify and embrace worthwhile risks in software development and offer strategies for common risks that software projects face, such as schedule flaws, requirements inflation, and specification breakdown. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Overview

The authors, consultants in risk and management, show how to identify and embrace worthwhile risks in software development and offer strategies for common risks that software projects face, such as schedule flaws, requirements inflation, and specification breakdown. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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  • ISBN-13: 9780932633606
  • Publisher: Dorset House Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: 20%
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Ethics of Belief 3
Part I Why 7
1. Running Toward Risk 9
2. Risk Management Is Project Management for Adults 15
3. Denver International Airport Reconsidered 22
4. The Case for Risk Management 29
Part II Why Not 35
5. The Case Against Risk Management 37
6. The Onus of Uncertainty 42
7. Luck 46
Part III How 51
8. Quantifying Uncertainty 53
9. Mechanics of Risk Management 60
10. Risk Management Prescription 73
11. Back to Basics 80
12. Tools and Procedures 91
13. Core Risks of Software Projects 101
14. A Defined Process for Risk Discovery 113
15. Risk Management Dynamics 121
16. Incrementalism for Risk Mitigation 128
17. The Ultimate Risk Mitigation Strategy 138
Part IV How Much 143
18. Value Quantification 147
19. Value Is Uncertain, Too 151
20. Sensitivity Analysis 156
21. Value Offsets Risk 160
22. Refining the Risk Management Prescription 164
Part V Whether or Not 169
23. Test for Risk Management 171
Appendix A The Ethics of Belief, Part 1 175
Appendix B Risk Template 181
References 183
Index 191
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2003

    Entertaining and Valuable

    Reading Tom Demarco and Tim Lister is a pleasure. It is so clear that these two authors set out to teach something they believe to be valuable, and all of their effort is directed toward making that valuable thesis accesible to the reader. There is no showing off, no saying, 'Look how smart I am.' Their books clearly say, 'Our many years of experience have taught us some useful stuff and provided us with lots of valuable data. We have put a lot of effort into analyzing that data and we will try as hard as we can to help you understand our analysis. Our objective is make it as clear and as entertaining as we can,' and they do. Their explanations are always clear. Their examples are invariably both helpful and entertaining. What they have to say is always important. 'Walzing with Bears' is no exception, and even if you should disagree with parts of the book, their arguments will force you to think about critical aspects of management that you may not have previously considered. Reading the first few chapters, my only criticism was that they seemed to be oversimplifying some issues. Reading on, I realized that it was a deliberate and brilliant part of their teaching technique. In later chapters, the book carefully added the complexities that covered more and more of my early reservations in ways that made them easily understandable. It's a terrific book.

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