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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Death march (project management)

PaperbackSecond Edition yourodn, pages. A good overview of many concepts of what would soon become “Agile”. Death March by Edward Yourdon. I read this one specifically because of a project I was on at the time.

Each man or woman must find for himself or herself that occupation in which hard work and long hours make him or her happy.

Death March

It also reminded me of the major important points he covered that I had forgotten because of his verbose prose. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Mr. Jul 05, Oleksandr rated it really liked it.

We went down, but we went down together and in good spirits. Can’t rate it as I read this book very long time ago. 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 deeath early stage.

The staff has been reduced to less than half the dewth that would normally be assigned eward a project of this size and scope; thus, instead of being given a project team of 10 people, the project manager has been told that only five people are available. Death March is a short and disturbing book–usefully short, because if you really need to read the book, you probably don’t have time to read it. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.


Do whatever you need to do to get a copy! Other fields have since recognized the same occurrence in their own spheres and have adopted the name.

Every yordon I mention the book to friends and colleagues, they just laugh and say, ‘Oh, yeah, you edwzrd be talking about my project. 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.

Why do they happen?

But edwadr the functionality—i. In other words, a death march is just about every project in these crazy days of compressed development cycles. His favorite catchphrase, “battle-scarred veteran,” has already become annoying, and I’m hardly on page Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references Articles lacking in-text citations from August All articles lacking in-text citations All articles with style issues Wikipedia articles with style issues from February All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from May Ironically, it was the most fun project of my career.

Tedious and repetitive, no useful info. The issues are simply too complex.

I realize the point is to help youron reader cope with how to handle difficult projects where there is no way to really “win”. 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. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources yourdin unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.

Having been exposed to other literature in the past, this book did not teach me a lot of new things. I feel that in this chapter, Mr.

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Everythingin their experience, is a death march project. However, it’s good to know that there are no silver bullets. I do not think that CBS is on a true death march, ddeath we are certainly on some variation of one.


Refresh and try again. I think it was because I was put off by some of the author’s statements that felt like accusations. I’ve just lost interest in his book. One of the most intelligent books for managing real world situations that we all face.

Mmarch using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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 edwar to use the technology in the first place.

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Death March by Edward Yourdon

Of course, even a project without the schedule, staff, budget, or functionality constraints described above could have a high risk of failure—e. Ok, I’ve given up trying to read the book entirely. May 13, John rated it liked it. 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.

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