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 G√ľnther | 2 minutes read. p Marine Corps mentality => real programmers don’t need sleep; p

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. What is more The author stated that a lot of software engineering projects end up in failure and that this won’t change much in the future. See All Related Store Items. Well, maybe I’ll go back and try to finish it one day. Death March by Edward Yourdon. Contrariwise, if you are looking for shorter hours and longer vacations and early retirement, you are in the wrong job.

Death March by Edward Yourdon

I have read the Polish edition: By Edward Yourdon Feb 6, Every programmer should have read this once before getting stuck in a death march project. This article is about the use of the term in project management. Software development and software engineering are the fields in which practitioners first applied the term to these project management practices.

This is targeted towards big-company developers and managers; you’ll never reach this point at a startup – you’ll be bankrupt first. I recommend it to all project manager just to read and recognize yourself: And another may find it in robbing banks. Because, dath consultant Dave Kleist observed in an e-mail note, “Death march projects are rarely billed as such, and it takes a lot of work when being hired from the outside yourdom discover if your hiring company is prone to creating death march projects.

Other fields have since recognized the same occurrence in their own spheres and have adopted the name.


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.

As Ed Yourdon says in the preface to Death March “The wonderful thing about the title is that I don’t even have to explain it. Please help improve this article by introducing citations to additional sources.

Death March Edward Yourdon Snippet view – Business culture pressures, such as the corporate pursuit of short-term maximization of profits, may play a role in addition to mere incompetence.

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.

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Jul 05, Oleksandr rated it really liked it. I feel that in this chapter, Mr.

Tedious and repetitive, no useful info. A good book on software management culture and how yourdkn looks on the big picture when corp, business and sponsors are involved. Often even financial bonuses to employees will not help with the exception of avoiding takeovers from competition.

Death March by Edward Yourdon

Some projects are just like this, in big corporations. 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. Still another may labor mightily for years in pursuing pure research with no discernible results. 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 Essentially, that’s a project where you have too little resources in terms of time or personnel.


One man may find happiness in supporting a wife and children. The staff has been reduced to less 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.

A good overview of many concepts of what would soon become “Agile”. May 13, John rated it liked it. Sadly it reads like Dilbert Yourdon thinks highly of himself and other like him. Feb 28, Todd rated it liked it. Dec 30, Mark Ruzomberka rated it did not yourodn it.

Marcy just lost interest in his book.

Death march (project management)

It’s good to know why projects fail and how to lower the risk of failure. I have decided that I don’t care for Yourdon’s view of things: Or geeking in a sideshow. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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. Apr 01, Frank Deayh rated it it was ok. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads reath.

One of the most intelligent books for managing real world situations that we all face. An unfortunate survival guide to some projects, over and over again.

Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. PaperbackSecond Editionpages. Prentice Hall Professional- Computers – pages. Books by Edward Yourdon.