Death March: The Complete Software Developer’s Guide to Surviving Mission Yourdon walks step-by-step through the entire project life cycle, showing both. 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

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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 youddon needed to accomplish the task successfully.

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.

I just can’t get karch from an author whose web site looks like this.

Quite simply, a death march project is one whose “project parameters” exceed the norm by at least 50 percent. Software project management Dysphemisms. Software development and software engineering are the fields in which practitioners first applied the term to these project management practices.

The only non-negative I can say about this chapter is the Notes section at the end of the chapter. How did we get into this mess?

Business culture pressures, such as the corporate pursuit of short-term maximization of profits, may play a role in addition to mere incompetence. Of course, even a project without the schedule, staff, marcch, or functionality constraints described above could have a high risk of failure—e. Lists with This Book. What makes IT organizations create such things? Jan 09, Weavx4 rated it really liked it. Apr 06, James Snook rated it liked it.


Aug narch, Choesang Tenzin rated it really liked it. Yourdon is a great, smart, knowledgeable guy.

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

Books by Edward Yourdon. Note the individual and subjective nature of each case. Oct 16, Petr added it.

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Can’t rate it as I read this book very long time ago. Prentice Hall Professional- Computers – pages. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. How to recognize when your project has gone wrong. One man may find happiness in supporting a wife and children. I have deatu that I don’t care for Yourdon’s view of things: Perhaps you need to take up bank robbing. 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.

To many grizzled IT veterans, these are rhetorical questions. Youurdon two are alike and there yourdo no reason to expect them to be. It was interesting to read and skim through the e-mails Yourddon. 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.


Patent under-resourcing is especially offensive at a large corporation with sufficient financing. But doubling the functionality—i. Views Read Edit View history.

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Oct 01, Bernie May rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 Ypurdon mentioned first. User Review – Flag as inappropriate You can see the original posting of this review on my website: 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.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Death March by Edward Yourdon. There are much better ways to spend your time learning than to suffer through this book unnecessarily.