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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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Often, the death march will involve desperate attempts to right the course of the project by asking team members to work especially grueling hours hour days, 7-day weeks, etc. Return to Book Page. 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 deaty 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.

Death March

Retrieved from ” https: Dec 22, Andrzej rated it really liked it. It’s obvious that Mr.

Oct 23, JefferyG rated it it was amazing. 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. The only non-negative I can say about this chapter is the Notes section at the end of the chapter.

I do not think that CBS is on a true death march, but we are certainly on some variation of one. It confirmed much of what I knew was wrong with the project.

Dec 30, Mark Ruzomberka rated it did not like it. Perhaps you need to take up bank robbing.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. How common are death marches? To ask other readers questions about Death Marchplease sign up. Ed Yourdon explains how you might find yourself in such a mire. I’ve just lost interest in his book. Your education as an software professional is incomplete if you skip this book. The budget and associated resources have been cut in half.


Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long hours in doing whatever you think is worth doing. Ironically, it was the most fun project of my career. Good book, but I’ve read the edition, and felt some of the issues were a bit outdated. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Apr 01, Frank Thun rated it it was ok. I think it was because I was put off by some of the author’s statements veath felt like accusations. Still another may labor mightily for years in pursuing pure research with no discernible results. User Review – Flag as inappropriate You can see the original posting of this review on my website: Want to Read saving….

Death March by Edward Yourdon

Other fields have since recognized the same occurrence in their own spheres and have adopted the name. The staff has been reduced to less than half the number that would normally be assigned to a mzrch 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.

Yojrdon 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. If you are reading this review or book I hope you find consolation in it and wish you the best in your situation. I’m having veath hard enough time just reading them.

Still, Yourdon marcy succeeds to persuade the reader to have a more mature view that if a culture of death marches can be refuted in many cases for the reader and if mafch then coping strategies the reader can adopt to co-exist with them. It’s good to know why projects fail and how to lower the risk of failure. Thus, the project team may have been told that it needs to squeeze twice as many features into a fixed amount maech RAM or disk space as its competitor; or it may have been told its system has edwars handle twice the volume of transactions that any comparable system has ever accomplished.


Death March by Edward Yourdon. Note the individual and subjective nature of each case. It was interesting to read and skim through the e-mails Mr. One of the most intelligent books for managing real world situations that we all face. Why would anyone in his right mind agree to participate in such a project? If youurdon like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.

How to recognize when your project has gone wrong. 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. So I borrowed it from the Thomson Library. Every programmer should have read this once before getting stuck in a death march project. Software development and software engineering are the fields in which practitioners first applied the term to these project management practices.

What Causes a Death March?

It also reminded me of the major important points he covered that I had forgotten because of his edwsrd prose. Death March Edward Yourdon Snippet view – By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Ok, I’ve given up trying to read the book entirely.

If you think the answers to these questions are obvious, feel free to jump to the next chapter. And it’s not a bad idea for the edwrd and sales people who sometime spawn the death marches to give it a look, too.