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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The book is so so. Oct 17, Alex Ott rated it it was amazing Shelves: Despite the subtitle, there are no simple, clear cut solutions in this book. Other fields have since recognized the same occurrence in their own spheres and have adopted the name. Return to Book Page. Reath, the tension and pressure escalate in such environments, so that the death march team operates as if it is on a steady diet of Jolt cola.

Death march (project management) – Wikipedia

How did we get into this mess? And another may find it in robbing banks. This may have come about as a result of someone’s naive belief that a new programming language or application development environment will magically double the team’s productivity—despite the fact that the team was given no training or practice with the new technology and probably wasn’t even consulted about the decision to use the technology in the first place.

Still, Yourdon modestly succeeds to persuade the reader to have a more mature view that if a culture of death edwrd can be refuted in many cases for the reader and if not then coping strategies the reader can daeth to co-exist with them.


What is a Death March Project and Why Do They Happen? | Death March Defined | InformIT

Sadly it reads like Dilbert Trivia About Death March. Rod Biggar at CSI reminded me of this book. Good book, but I’ve read the edition, and felt some of the issues were a bit outdated. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Mr.

Feb 28, Todd rated it liked it.

I have decided that I don’t care for Yourdon’s view of things: What is edwqrd The author stated that a lot of software engineering projects end up in failure and that this won’t change much in the future. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. This work covers the project lifecycle, addressing every key issue participants face: The issues are simply too complex.

Contrariwise, if you are looking for shorter hours and longer vacations and early retirement, you are in the wrong job. Describes the reasons why companies spawn Death Marches and provides you with guidance to identify and survive death march projects.

What is a Death March Project and Why Do They Happen?

Dec 30, Mark Ruzomberka rated it did not like it. Essentially, that’s a project where you have too little resources in terms of time or personnel. Each man or woman must find for himself or herself that occupation in which hard work and long hours make him or her happy.

In project managementa death march is a project that the participants feel is destined edwars fail, or that requires a stretch of unsustainable overwork. August Learn how and when to remove this template message. His favorite catchphrase, “battle-scarred veteran,” has already become annoying, and I’m hardly on page The author stated that a lot of software engineering projects end up in failure and that this won’t change much in the future. Because, as consultant Dave Kleist observed in an e-mail note, “Death march projects are rarely billed as such, and drath takes a lot of work when being hired from the outside to discover if your hiring company is prone to creating death march projects.


What Causes a Death March?

One man may find happiness in supporting a wife and children. I’ve just lost interest in his book. Ever been on a big computer project? Well, maybe I’ll go back and try to finish it one day. Yourdon thinks highly of himself and other like him.

Youdon a review for each chapter makes this book more burdensome than it already is. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Can’t rate it as I read this mardh very long time ago. Business culture pressures, such as the corporate pursuit of short-term maximization of profits, may play a role in addition to mere incompetence.

Typically, to improve the chances of success, it’s not crucial to care about tools or particular technology. Unless you are truly trapped in a “Death March” project with no way out and just need something to help you cope, I would move on from this book, or at least read the other two I mentioned first.