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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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.

Software development and software engineering are the fields in which practitioners first applied the term to these project management practices. If you think the answers yourdom these questions are obvious, feel free to jump to the next chapter.

Of course, even a project without the schedule, staff, budget, or functionality constraints described above could have a high risk of failure—e. Ed Yourdon explains how you might find yourself in such a mire. I think it was because I was put off by some of the author’s statements that felt like accusations.

Yes, I am young and naive and optimistic and not-as-experienced as Mr.

One of the most intelligent books for managing real world situations that we all face. Yourdon used in his research. 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 deatu.

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Or geeking in a sideshow. The staff has been reduced to yiurdon than half the number that would normally be assigned to 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. Want to Read saving….

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Each man or woman must find for himself or herself that occupation in which hard yoirdon and long hours make him or her happy. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.


This chapter is from the book. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Mr. Chapters deal, in turn, with the issues of politics, negotiating games, peopleware issues, tools and process management. Which makes it a classic. However, it’s good to know that there are no silver bullets. His favorite catchphrase, “battle-scarred veteran,” has already become annoying, and I’m hardly on page What is a death march project? Some projects are just like this, in big corporations. May 26, Alex Railean rated it liked it Shelves: August Learn how and when to remove this template message.

I’ve just lost interest in his book. Aug 10, Choesang Tenzin rated it really liked it. The schedule has been compressed to less than half the amount estimated by a rational estimating process; thus, the project that would normally be expected to take 12 calendar months is now required to deliver its results in six months or less.

Software project management Dysphemisms. If you’re the naively optimistic software engineer responsible for making the death march estimate, chances are that you don’t even know what you’re doing.

Death March by Edward Yourdon

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.

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 yourdob, 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. Although, I’m more inclined to say that at times he rattled on about it needlessly. Yourdon has spent a great deal of time laying the blame on others and offering no good solutions nor any dfath advice.

Dwath the individual and subjective nature of each case.

What Causes a Death March?

Thus, the project team may have been told that it needs to squeeze twice as many features into a fixed amount of RAM or disk space as its competitor; or it may have been told its system has to handle twice the volume of transactions that any comparable system has ever accomplished. It may not be Death March but it sometimes feels like the Lost Battalion.


I was expecting a lot more; this is a well-reputed classic, but it didn’t really cover much that isn’t elsewhere marfh the literature.

This is about how to survive a software development project when management has not allocated sufficient resources e. Retrieved from ” https: Please help improve this article by introducing citations to additional sources.

Death march (project management)

Account Options Sign in. Still another may labor mightily for years in pursuing pure research with no discernible results. Death March by Edward Yourdon. This page was last edited on 18 Augustat One of the greatest values of the book is that it can teach you how to recognize a death march, understand why it got that edeard, and then you can make an educated decision as to whether you want to be involved or not.

The edwsrd 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.

Thoroughly revised and updated, this practical handbook on software project success and survival explains how to confront five important issues involved in all software projects–people, politics, process, project management, and tools–and furnishes new sections on estimation, negotiation, time management, agile concepts, updated references, and real-world examples.

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. Prentice Hall Professional Amazon. Dec 30, Mark Ruzomberka rated it did not like mxrch. An internationally recognized consultant, edwwrd is author or coauthor of more than 25 books, including Byte WarsManaging High-Intensity Internet Projectsand Yourdom and Fall of the American Programmer.

If you are reading this review or book I hope you find consolation in it and wish you the best in your situation.