Death March: The Complete Software Developer’s Guide to Surviving “Mission Impossible” Projects. Author: Edward Edward Yourdon. Death March by Edward Yourdon. Notes taken by Matthias Günther | 2 minutes read. p Marine Corps mentality => real programmers don’t need sleep; p Thoroughly revised and updated, this practical handbook on software project success and survival explains how to confront five important issues involved in all .

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This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Like Peoleware, it’s often oriented at the human side of things. Dec 06, Hrishikesh Choudhari rated it it was amazing.

Thus, the project team may have been told that it needs to squeeze twice as many features into a fixed amount of RAM or disk space as its competitor; or it may have been told its system has to handle twice the volume of transactions that any comparable system has ever accomplished.

In most projects, this means one or more of the following constraints have been imposed upon the project:. Thoroughly revised and updated, this practical handbook on software project success and survival explains how to confront five important issues involved in all software projects–people, politics, process, project management, and tools–and furnishes new sections on estimation, negotiation, time management, agile concepts, updated references, and real-world examples.

Oct 01, Bernie May rated it it was amazing Shelves: August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Because, as consultant Dave Kleist observed in an e-mail note, “Death march projects are rarely billed as such, and it takes a lot of work when being hired from the outside to discover if your hiring company is prone to creating death march projects. Why do they happen?


Oct 17, Alex Ott rated it it was amazing Shelves: Your education as an software professional is incomplete if you skip this book.

Death march (project management) – Wikipedia

Or geeking in a sideshow. Views Read Edwrd View history. I just can’t get motivated from an author whose web site looks like this. Every time I mention the book to friends and colleagues, they just laugh and say, ‘Oh, yeah, you must be talking about my project.

Yourdon is a great, smart, knowledgeable guy.

What is more The author stated that a lot of software fdward projects end up in failure and that this won’t change much in the future. 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 you’re not alone and gives some ways to identify such projects on an early stage.

Return to Book Page. Aug 10, Choesang Tenzin rated it really liked it.

Unfortunately, it’s happening far more often, as this edition of Death March is being written in the spring ofbecause of the ongoing economic recession and the associated cutbacks in IT budgets. Yourdon thinks highly of himself and other like him. I feel that in this chapter, Mr. My library Help Advanced Book Search. It confirmed much of what I knew was wrong with the project.


How to recognize when your project has gone wrong. Although software development is populated with intelligent programmers and managers, death marches occur “because the competitive business pressure demands it and the new technical opportunities invite it,” he youreon.

Crunch Mode: programming to the extreme – What Causes a Death March?

Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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. Please help improve this article by introducing citations to additional sources.

Retrieved from ” https: Want to Read saving…. Oct 23, JefferyG rated it it was amazing. Business culture pressures, such as the corporate pursuit of short-term maximization of profits, may play a role in addition to mere incompetence.

In this book Yourdon discusses through anecdotes, musings, and conversations with his industry peers aspects of a death march that help the readers make sense of the challenges they too know about. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.

What Causes a Death March?

It may not be Death March but it sometimes feels like the Lost Battalion. For the war crime, see death march.

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