Death March has ratings and 34 reviews. Todd said: I read this one specifically because of a project I was on at the time. And I left it out on my de. Thoroughly revised and updated, this practical handbook on software project success and survival explains how to confront five important issues involved in all . Why would anyone in his right mind agree to participate in such a project? Ed Yourdon explains how you might find yourself in such a mire.

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Death marches of the destined-to-fail type usually are a result of unrealistic or overly optimistic expectations in schedulingfeature scopeor both, and often include lack of appropriate documentation or relevant training and outside expertise that would be needed to accomplish the task successfully.

Sadly it reads like Dilbert Account Options Sign in. May 26, Alex Railean rated it liked it Shelves: And it’s not a bad idea for the marketing and sales people who sometime spawn the death marches to give it a look, too. The only non-negative I can say about this chapter is the Notes section at the end of the chapter. An internationally recognized consultant, he is author or coauthor of more than 25 books, including Byte WarsManaging High-Intensity Internet Projectsand Decline and Fall of the American Programmer.

But, it didn’t have the magic bullet I was looking for. But most commonly, the reason for the high risk assessment is a combination of the constraints described above. Dec 06, Hrishikesh Choudhari rated it it was amazing. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page.

Despite the subtitle, there are no simple, clear cut solutions in this book. Refresh and try again. By Edward Yourdon Feb 6, Oct 23, JefferyG rated it it was amazing.


From the thought-leader of technical productivity, still applicable today. In other words, a death march is just about every project in these crazy days of compressed development cycles.

Death march (project management) – Wikipedia

youtdon Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. That probably wasn’t fair to expect, but golly it would have been nice.

Chapters deal, in turn, with the issues of politics, negotiating games, peopleware issues, tools and process management. But for anyone involved with project or technical management, it is a must-read. Dec 03, KevinS rated it really liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. What is a death march project?

Often, the death march will involve desperate attempts to right the course of the project by asking team members to work especially grueling hours hour days, 7-day weeks, etc.

This is about how to survive a software development project when management has not allocated sufficient resources e. The author stated that marhc lot of software engineering projects end up in failure and that this won’t change much in the future. I have read the Polish edition: Books by Edward Yourdon. Ed Yourdon explains how you might find yourself in such a mire.

It may not be Death March but it sometimes feels like the Lost Battalion. Not really focused on developers, it stands edqard the POV of the project manager most of the time, having little practical knowledge to be gathered by developers. You have to recover and rejuvenate on a vacation for at least a week after a two-week tops deathmarching. I’m having a hard enough time just reading them. Perhaps you wdward to take up bank robbing.

If you think the answers to these questions are obvious, feel free to jump to the next chapter.

Can’t rate it as I read this book very long time ago. Prentice Hall Professional Amazon. For the war crime, see death march. But I remember it been mildly entertainig and mostly unpractical.


Death march (project management)

Tedious and repetitive, no useful info. Software project management Dysphemisms. So I borrowed it from the Thomson Library. However, it’s good to know that there are no silver bullets. In most projects, this means one or more of the following constraints have been imposed upon the project:.

PaperbackSecond Editionpages. Dec 30, Mark Ruzomberka rated it did not like it. The book doesn’t give too revolutionary advice of how to lead such projects to a success and they hardly exist but at least helps to understand that narch not alone and gives exward ways to identify such projects on an early stage.

A death march project is one for dath an unbiased, objective risk assessment which includes an assessment of technical risks, personnel risks, ykurdon risks, political risks, etc. Open Preview See a Problem? This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. Every time I mention the book to friends and colleagues, they just laugh and say, ‘Oh, yeah, you must be talking about my mafch.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Yourdon covers the entire project lifecycle, systematically addressing every key issue participants face: This article is about the use of the term in project management.

Contrariwise, if you are looking for shorter hours and longer vacations and early retirement, you are in the wrong job.

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