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 March, Second Edition [Book]

But I remember it been mildly entertainig and mostly unpractical. A death march project is one for which an unbiased, objective risk assessment which includes an assessment of technical risks, personnel risks, legal risks, political risks, etc.

I deward read the Polish edition: If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. Aug 08, Anton Kan rated it liked it. The 1 guide to surviving “doomed” projects Because corporations are insane and, as consultant Richard Sargent commented to me, “Corporate insanity is doing the same thing again and again, and each time expecting different results.

The book is so so. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. To ask other readers questions about Death March yourdln, please sign up. And it can lead to a pervasive atmosphere of penny-pinching that makes it impossible for the project manager to order pizza for the project team when they spend the entire weekend in the office working overtime.

User Review – Flag as inappropriate You can see the original posting of this review on my website: Want to Read saving…. Everythingin their experience, is a death march project.


This chapter is from the book. Often even financial bonuses to employees will not help with the exception of avoiding takeovers from competition. And I left it out mach my desk for a month or so afterwards so that my manager had to see it every time he stopped by to ask dumb questions.

But, it didn’t have the magic bullet I was looking for.

Yourdon, but if I didn’t think there was something to gained from his “old fart” experience, I wouldn’t be reading this book! An unfortunate survival guide to some projects, over and over again.

How to recognize when your project has gone wrong. What is a death march project? Oct 23, JefferyG rated it it was amazing. Of course, there are much more topics that are important.

August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Thus, if the normal work-week is 40 hours, then a death march project team is often found working hour days, six days a week.

How common are death marches? Edware read this the year I lived a death desth project. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

And another may find it in robbing banks. Well, maybe I’ll go back and try to finish it one day. What’s worse is the amount of rational, intelligent people who sign up for a death-march projectsaeprojects whose schedules, estimations, budgets, and resources are so constrained or skewed that participants can hardly survive, much less succeed.

Yourdon thinks highly of himself and other like him. Thanks for telling us about the problem. One of the most intelligent books for managing real world situations that we all face.

Published November 16th by Prentice Hall first published April 2nd What is more important is limiting the scope of the product, negotiating requirements a lot of them can be relaxed or even rejected and deadlines, caring about hiring right people, organizing frequent demos for customers and assuring daily and reliable project builds.


Business culture pressures, such as the corporate pursuit of short-term maximization of profits, may play a role in addition to mere incompetence.

Prentice Hall Professional Amazon. See All Related Store Items. Milestone Reviews References Bibliography Notes A good book on software management culture and how it looks on the big picture when corp, business and sponsors are involved. It’s about your project, in your company.

Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long hours in doing whatever you think is worth doing. This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. The performance constraints may or may not lead to a death march project; after all, we can always take advantage of cheaper, faster hardware, and we can always search for a more clever algorithm or design approach to accomplish the improved performance.

Death march (project management)

Retrieved from ” https: Yourdon covers the entire project lifecycle, systematically addressing every key issue participants face: The knowledge of the doomed nature of the project weighs heavily on the psyche of its participants, as if they are helplessly watching themselves and their coworkers being forced to torture themselves and march toward death.

To many grizzled IT veterans, these are rhetorical questions. By Edward Yourdon Feb 6, Each man or woman must find for himself or herself that occupation in which hard work and long hours make him or her happy. Prentice Hall Professional- Computers – pages. Fully updated and expanded, with powerful deatj techniques!

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