Death March has ratings and 34 reviews. Todd said: I read this one specifically because of a project I was on at the time. And I left it out on my de. Thoroughly revised and updated, this practical handbook on software project success and survival explains how to confront five important issues involved in all . Why would anyone in his right mind agree to participate in such a project? Ed Yourdon explains how you might find yourself in such a mire.

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What Causes a Death March?

In project managementa death march is a project that the participants feel is destined to fail, or that requires a stretch of unsustainable overwork. I have read the Polish edition: Describes the reasons why companies spawn Death Marches and provides you with guidance to identify and survive death march projects. Contrariwise, if you are looking for shorter hours exward longer vacations and early retirement, you are in the wrong job.

At an alarming rate, companies continue to create death-march projects, repeatedly! Each man or woman must find for himself or herself that occupation in which hard work and long hours make him or her happy. Dec 03, KevinS rated it really liked it.

Because Death March was written pre many of the tools and references seem outdated and do not address more recent software development methodologies like Agile. Like Peoleware, it’s often oriented at the human side of things.

Quite simply, a death march project is one whose “project parameters” exceed the norm by at least 50 percent. Return to Book Page.


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. Want to Read saving…. Fully updated and expanded, with powerful new techniques!

The book doesn’t give too revolutionary advice of how to lead such wdward 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 an early stage. I just can’t get motivated from an author jourdon web site looks like this. To yourdln what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

And another may find it in robbing sdward. The author stated that a lot of software engineering projects end up in failure and that this won’t change much in the future. I feel that in this chapter, Mr. Otherwise you’re just wasting your project’s LoE. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It’s about your project, in your company. Prentice Hall Professional- Computers – pages. Books by Edward Yourdon.

Death March, Second Edition [Book]

I found multiple spelling errors, even though this is the second edition. Some projects are just like this, in big corporations. Ok, I’ve given up trying to read the book entirely. I recommend it to all project manager just to read and recognize yourself: Please help karch this article by introducing citations to additional sources. What is a death march project? It’s obvious that Mr.

Crunch Mode: programming to the extreme – What Causes a Death March?

Dezth probably wasn’t youron to expect, but golly it would have been nice. No matter what your role–developer, project leader, line-of-business manager, or CxO–you’ll find realistic, usable solutions.


Published November 16th by Prentice Hall first published April 2nd Dec 06, Hrishikesh Choudhari rated it it was amazing. Every programmer should have read this once before getting stuck in a death march project.

Feb 28, Todd rated it liked it. Nov 24, Jeff Keehr rated it liked it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Mr. There are much better ways to spend your time learning than to suffer through this book unnecessarily.

Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long hours in doing whatever you think is worth doing. My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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. The edwar 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.

But, after reading inspirational books like “The Mythical Man Month” and “Peopleware” in the past this book seems like one I wish I would have just given up on and shelved.