Death March by Edward Yourdon

Posted by Matthias Günther
  • p 11: Marine Corps mentality => real programmers don’t need sleep
  • p 38: "Don't let yourself become too emotionally attached to the outcome of the death project"
  • p 40: "Society is governed by mediocrity" by Nietsche
  • p 47: "loser user", is a person whose interests would be harmed if the project succeeds
  • p 52: determining the basic nature of the project (Kamikaze, Mission Impossible, Suicide, Ugly)
  • p 63: "the lost squadron", means don’t know which direction to go because every time the direction is changing (think of scope creep)
  • p 64: The Dilberts Principle - leadership is nature’s way of removing morons from the productive flow
  • p 64: Wallstreet Method - Calibrating the physical stamina and emotional strength of the team with the help of a false crisis
  • p 65: "People get married, they do have children and they do have to attend to other demands of personal life" - you can't be sure about 100% commitment
  • p 67: "Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts." Nelson Mandela
  • p 93: significant impact on motivation has rewards overtime
  • p 94: "The journey is the reward" - Steve Jobs Macintosh R project
  • p 130: essence of best practice: Follow a set of practices that the team itself regards as the "best" for the circumstances
  • p 158-159: Brooks Law adding more people to a late software project just makes it later (the new people have to be trained and this consumes time)
  • p 171: how to remove yourself and your team from the surroundings of dysfunctional behavior- via the skunk works approach, that means remove yourself from the normal office environment and hunkers down in an empty warehouse
  • p 190: "The daily build is the heartbeat of the project. It's how you know you’re alive." - Jim McCarthy
  • p 198: use mini-postmortems to review small progress of your project
  • p 212: "Doing something new requires the flexibility to get it wrong in the first iteration without becoming desperate" - Sharon Marsh Roberts