- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Dorset House (March 3, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0932633676
- ISBN-13: 978-0932633675
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior
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"Who else but these particular authors could mine 150 years of software team experience to capture memorable names for oft-encountered situations? I suspect you will start using these phrases in your work--I already have." --Alistair Cockburn, author of Agile Software Development
"utterly delightful collection of essays about 86 'project patterns' . . . These 'patterns' are grimly familiar to anyone who has worked in project-related organizations; and unfortunately, they can be found in small companies as well as large ones. Fortunately, some of the patterns ('Rattle Yer Dags' and 'Nanny,' for example) are good ones, and should be encouraged. Sadly, though, far too many of them ('Dead Fish,' 'Project-Speak') are not only depressingly familiar, but astonishingly destructive to productivity, quality, and the morale of the project team. . . . I really love this book, not the least because each pattern can be read and understood in a moment or two, since they take only 2-3 pages to explain. . . . If Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies gets the attention it deserves, Scott Adams may have to return to Corporate America and get an honest job as a project manager." --Ed Yourdon, author of Death March
About the Author
If your organization builds systems of any kind, chances are that some of the methods and approaches that it uses came originally from the Atlantic Systems Guild. Collectively, the authors have published nearly twenty previous books, including Peopleware, Mastering the Requirements Process, The Deadline, Essential Systems Analysis, Waltzing With Bears, and Process for System Architecture and Requirements Engineering.
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Some are good patterns, others are anti-patterns, however which is which is not clear in the beginning of the chapter.
Each chapter is a good reading, and a is a lesson on project management, however the book, as a whole, lacks consistency or organization.
It kind of looks like the linear printing of a very good web site/hypertext.
You can find really good solutions for the most fundamental problems in software development and project management.
Sometimes when I have a discussion @ work, I start laughing a little bit because I get the feeling that a couple of pattern zombies are around me.
Reflects the culture of some corporations in US.