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By Edward Yourdon

During a profession, virtually each software program developer will come upon a number of initiatives with outrageous staffing, agenda, finances or characteristic constraints--projects that appear "doomed to fail." Now, bestselling writer Edward Yourdon brings his certain know-how and administration perception into those "death march" tasks, displaying tips on how to maximize one's possibilities of luck. This booklet is key examining for all software program builders, software program engineers, and bosses.

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You can learn to watch out for them, but sometimes you misjudge. And you don't want to believe that it's happening again. (I'm assuming some things here. I've only been involved on one large project, but it certainly went down hard. Delivery date was October, '94 and later moved to March '95. I was working on the contingency plan toward the end and left after most of the team in January '95. The new system still does not exist. ) >>2. << I would say to take care of his/her people as much as possible.

X" used to be eight for many years, then it shrank to six. With the Enron/Worldcom scandals, the number seems to be shrinking steadily. Perhaps one day there will be only a "Big-One" accounting firm! 8. Email from "Ought-Six," June 17, 2003. 9. See my book, Byte Wars: the Impact of September 11 on Information Technology, for more discussion of this point. 10. From: Kevin Huigens, 74762,2726 To: Ed Yourdon, 71250,2322 Topic: Ed's new book project Msg #158577, reply to #158015 Date: Mon, Jun 10, 1996, 9:13:16 AM Ed: At our weekly staff meeting, my team and I had a brainstorming session on your 3 questions.

That's fine, as long as someone (typically the project manager) can handle the politics. But if everyone participates in a death march project on the assumption that "because this project is so important, they'll leave us alone and spare us the usual messy political negotiations," then the project has almost no chance of success. I'll discuss four aspects of politics in this chapter: • Identifying the political "players" involved in the project • Determining the basic nature of the project • Identifying levels of commitment by project participants • Analyzing key issues that lead to political disagreements [ Team LiB ] [ Team LiB ] Identifying the Political Players in the Project The key point to remember here is that your chances of success in a death march project are effectively zero if you don't know who the key players are.

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