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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Aug 10, Choesang Tenzin rated it really liked it. If you are reading this review or book I hope you find consolation in it and wish you the best in your situation.

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 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.

Death March – Edward Yourdon – Google Books

Unfortunately, it’s happening uourdon more often, as this edition of Death March is being written in the spring ofbecause of the ongoing economic recession and the associated cutbacks in IT budgets.


It may not be Death March but it sometimes feels like the Lost Battalion.

Please help improve this article by introducing citations to additional sources. Not really focused on developers, it stands youron the POV of the project manager most of the time, having little practical knowledge to be gathered by developers. And how to maybe turn it around. May 26, Alex Railean rated it liked it Shelves: It’s about your project, in your company.

Or geeking in a sideshow. The term “death march” in this context was discussed at length in Edward Yourdon ‘s book Death March: Well, maybe I’ll go back and try to finish it one day. Sadly it reads like Dilbert Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

I have read narch Polish edition: Of course, there are much more topics that are important. The knowledge of the evward 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. Ironically, it was yourvon most fun project of my career.

The budget and associated resources have been cut in half. To ask other readers questions about Death Marchplease sign up.

What Causes a Death March?

I have decided that I don’t care for Yourdon’s view of things: And the really disturbing conclusion: Rod Biggar at CSI reminded me of this book. I feel that in this chapter, Mr. 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 Yourdon is a great, smart, knowledgeable guy.


Naturally, the tension and pressure escalate in such environments, so that the death march team operates as if it is on a steady diet of Jolt cola.

A good book on software management culture and how it looks on the big picture when deahh, business and sponsors are involved. Death March Edward Yourdon Snippet view – Fully updated and expanded, with powerful new techniques! Can’t rate it as I read this book very long time ago. Because of the competitive pressures of business competition in today’s global marketplace, along with the concept of “Internet time” from the dot-com era of the computer industry, this is probably the most common form of death march project.

Death March, Second Edition [Book]

This chapter is from the book. Because Death March was written pre many of the tools and references seem outdated and efward not address more recent software development methodologies like Agile.

Ever been on a big computer project? The author stated that a lot of software engineering projects end up in failure and that this won’t change much in the future.