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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This is about how to survive a software development project when management has not allocated sufficient resources e.

This work covers the project lifecycle, addressing every key issue participants face: Still another may labor mightily for years in pursuing pure research with no discernible results.

The issues are simply too complex. Goodreads helps you deagh track of books you want to read. Aug 10, Choesang Tenzin rated it really liked it.

Death march (project management) – Wikipedia

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. View table of contents. At an alarming rate, companies continue to create death-march projects, repeatedly!

In most projects, this means one or more of the following constraints have been imposed upon the project:. Although, I’m more inclined marcy say that at times he rattled on about it needlessly.

This isn’t a book about perfectly organized projects in “textbook” companies. Essentially, that’s a project where you have too little resources in terms of time or personnel. Refresh and try again.


Views Read Edit View history. By Edward Yourdon Feb 6, Jan 22, Troy Swinehart rated edwaed it was amazing Shelves: I realize the point is to help the reader cope with how to handle difficult projects where there is no way to really “win”.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. But, after reading inspirational books like “The Mythical Man Month” and “Peopleware” in the past this book seems like one I wish I would have just given up on and s I strongly disliked this book. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking yourodn you.

Death March by Edward Yourdon

Politics, politics, politics Naive promises made by marketing, senior executives, naive project managers, and so on Naive optimism of youth: Yes, I am young and naive and optimistic and not-as-experienced as Mr. Again, this is often the result of downsizing and other cost-cutting measures, but it can also result from competitive bidding on a fixed-price contract, where the project manager in a consulting firm is informed by the marketing department that, “the good news is that we won the contract; the bad news is that we had to cut your budget in half in order to beat out the competitors.

Software development and software engineering are the fields in which practitioners first applied the term to these project management practices.

Apr 06, James Snook rated it liked it. Yourdon drath highly of himself and other like him. Nov 24, Jeff Keehr rated it liked it. Yourdon used in his research.

Death March, Second Edition

This one, in particular, bothered me: It’s good to know why projects fail and how to lower the risk of failure. I think it was because I was put off by some of the author’s statements that felt like accusations. No trivia or quizzes yet. This article is about the use of the term yiurdon project management.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Death March, Second Edition 1 review. I was expecting a lot more; this is a well-reputed classic, but it didn’t really cover much that isn’t elsewhere in the literature. Milestone Reviews References Bibliography Notes The 1 guide to surviving “doomed” projects Dec 03, KevinS rated it really liked 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 you’re not alone and gives some ways to identify such projects on an early stage. Open Preview See a Problem?

What Causes a Death March?

I have read the Polish edition: Patent under-resourcing is especially offensive at a large corporation with sufficient financing. Contrariwise, if you are looking for shorter hours and longer vacations and early retirement, you are in the wrong job.

But doubling the functionality—i. Stay ahead with the world’s edwagd comprehensive technology and business learning platform. The general feel of the project reflects that of an actual death march because project members are forced to continue the project by their superiors against their better judgment. Despite the subtitle, there are no simple, clear cut solutions in this book. Perhaps you need to take up bank robbing.