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Prepare Yourself, or Become Yet Another Casualty,
This review is from: Death March (Yourdon Press Computing Series) (Hardcover)
Boy, I wish I had read this book a long time ago. Who would have thought that so much about the hidden forces that shape technology development projects could be explained in just 200 pages?
I found this book credible, useful, and a fun and easy read. It's a little bit cynical and short on solutions, but that's hardly a criticism -- if you're on a death march project, you lose.
For example, you really need to make sure that the reward for heroic success isn't another death march. How you do this isn't exactly clear, but if you're not confident about it, then it's probably time to take a permanent vacation.
One serious flaw is the failure to mention that left to their own devices, *most* death march teams will decide that there isn't enough time to plan or to test, as if somehow magically neglecting to do so won't make the project even later. The project manager needs to make sure that this doesn't happen. If you read "Death March," then you probably ought to also read "Rapid Development" (McConnell) for balance.
Nonetheless, if you're a project manager or a project team member with more than a year of industry experience, then you'd be foolish not to read this book.