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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Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. The only non-negative I can say about this chapter is the Notes section at the end of the chapter.

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And how to maybe turn it around. There are yordon better ways to spend your time learning than to suffer through this book unnecessarily.

Apr 06, James Snook rated it liked it. Because of the competitive pressures of business competition in today’s global marketplace, along with the concept of “Internet time” from the dot-com era of the computer industry, this is probably the most common form of death march project.

User Review – Flag as inappropriate You can see the original posting of this review on my website: Which makes it a classic. This is targeted towards big-company developers and managers; you’ll never reach this point at a startup – you’ll edwwrd bankrupt first. How common are death marches? Lists with This Book. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. Or geeking in a sideshow. Books by Edward Yourdon.

I realize the point is to help the reader cope with how to handle difficult projects where there is no way to really “win”. Yourdon, but if I didn’t think there was something to gained from his “old fart” experience, I wouldn’t be reading this book!


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Related Resources Store Articles Blogs. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Mr. Ok, I’ve given up trying to read the book entirely.

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.

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. Nov 24, Jeff Keehr rated it liked it. Software development and software engineering are the fields in which practitioners first applied the term to these project management practices. 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.

Death March – Edward Yourdon – Google Books

Politics, politics, politics Naive promises made by marketing, senior executives, naive project managers, and so on Naive optimism of youth: Not really focused on developers, it stands on the POV of the project manager most of the time, having little practical knowledge to be gathered by developers. 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.


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.

But doubling the functionality—i.

Death march (project management)

Perhaps you need to take up bank robbing. Jan 22, Troy Swinehart rated it it was amazing Shelves: What is a death march project? Dec 30, Mark Ruzomberka rated it did not like it. You can see the original posting of this review on my website: Messerschmitt Limited preview – Published November 16th by Prentice Hall first published April 2nd It confirmed much of what I knew was wrong with the project.

I have read the Polish edition: I found multiple spelling errors, even though this is the second edition. Describes the reasons why companies spawn Death Marches and provides you with guidance to identify and survive death march projects.

To ask other readers questions about Death Marchplease sign up. Naturally, rdward 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.

So I borrowed it from the Thomson Library. However, it’s good to know that there are no silver bullets. The book is so so. Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long hours in doing whatever you think is worth doing.