Waltzing With Bears

Author: Tom DeMarco
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN: 9780133492231
Size: 11.91 MB
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This is the digital version of the printed book (Copyright © 2003). If There’s No Risk On Your Next Project, Don’t Do It. Greater risk brings greater reward, especially in software development. A company that runs away from risk will soon find itself lagging behind its more adventurous competition. By ignoring the threat of negative outcomes–in the name of positive thinking or a can-do attitude–software managers drive their organizations into the ground. In Waltzing with Bears, Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister–the best-selling authors of Peopleware–show readers how to identify and embrace worthwhile risks. Developers are then set free to push the limits. The authors present the benefits of risk management, including that it makes aggressive risk-taking possible, protects management from getting blindsided, provides minimum-cost downside protection, reveals invisible transfers of responsibility, isolates the failure of a subproject. Readers are armed with strategies for confronting the most common risks that software projects face: schedule flaws, requirements inflation, turnover, specification breakdown, and under-performance. Waltzing with Bears will help you mitigate the risks–before they turn into project-killing problems. Risks are out there–and they should be there–but there is a way to manage them.

Als Auf Der Welt Das Licht Ausging

Author: Tom DeMarco
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 9783446440845
Size: 17.72 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
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»Der Weltuntergang steht bevor, aber nicht so, wie Sie denken. Dieser Krieg jagt nicht alles in die Luft, sondern schaltet alles ab.« Atomraketen fliegen auf Großstädte zu – und Sie halten den Apparat in der Hand, mit dem Sie die Explosion der Atomraketen verhindern können ... Doch für diese Rettung müssen Sie einen Preis zahlen, der katastrophale Auswirkungen hat: Drücken Sie den Knopf, kommt es zwar nicht zum nuklearen Massenmord, aber Sie vernichten weltweit die Elektrizität – und somit die Lebensgrundlage der gesamten Zivilisation. Sie retten also Millionen Menschen vor dem atomaren Todeskampf, doch katapultieren Sie gleichzeitig die gesamte Welt ins dunkelste Mittelalter zurück. Wie würden Sie entscheiden? Dieses Buch handelt von einer dramatischen Entscheidung und ihren Konsequenzen. Es erzählt eine zutiefst menschliche Geschichte über Fanatismus und Vernunft, über Liebe und Verrat, und der Autor schildert sie auf eine Weise, die den Leser packt und nicht wieder loslässt. » ›Als auf der Welt das Licht ausging‹ wird schnell zu einem echten Pageturner, den man nicht mehr aus der Hand legen kann.« Tim Lister

Just Enough Requirements Management

Author: Alan Davis
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN: 9780133491319
Size: 18.64 MB
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This is the digital version of the printed book (Copyright © 2005). If you develop software without understanding the requirements, you're wasting your time. On the other hand, if a project spends too much time trying to understand the requirements, it will end up late and/or over-budget. And products that are created by such projects can be just as unsuccessful as those that fail to meet the basic requirements. Instead, every company must make a reasonable trade-off between what's required and what time and resources are available. Finding the right balance for your project may depend on many factors, including the corporate culture, the time-to-market pressure, and the criticality of the application. That is why requirements management—gathering requirements, identifying the "right" ones to satisfy, and documenting them—is essential. Just Enough Requirements Management shows you how to discover, prune, and document requirements when you are subjected to tight schedule constraints. You'll apply just enough process to minimize risks while still achieving desired outcomes. You'll determine how many requirements are just enough to satisfy your customers while still meeting your goals for schedule, budget, and resources. If your project has insufficient resources to satisfy all the requirements of your customers, you must read Just Enough Requirements Management.

Project Management Tools And Techniques For Success

Author: Christine B. Tayntor
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 143981631X
Size: 14.51 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Emphasizing that it's much easier and more cost effective to make changes in the planning phases of a project rather than later on, Project Management Tools and Techniques for Success provides an accessible introduction to project management fundamentals. Highlighting approaches for avoiding common pitfalls, it begins with an introduction to project management that compares and contrasts the stages of poor management with those of effective management. Because change is inherent in virtually all projects, the text outlines the human effects of change and suggests ways to mitigate these effects. It addresses team dynamics, sourcing alternatives, motivating the team, managing expectations, assessing risk, and defining and prioritizing project requirements. The book translates difficult concepts into practical applications with a case study that examines the merger of two companies, along with the subsequent development of a new corporate headquarters. By adding a layer of statistical methods and tools to the front-end of a project, Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) augments standard Six Sigma processes to help ensure project results meet customers' needs and that delays caused by new requirements or rework after implementation are eliminated or reduced. The book explains how to effectively incorporate DFSS tools to reduce the possibility of failure in your next project. Clearly illustrating effective project management practices, the book includes a listing of commonly used acronyms, suggestions for additional reading, along with instructions on how to create four of the most important tools discussed in the book.

Peopleware

Author: Tom DeMarco
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN: 9780133440737
Size: 19.25 MB
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Few books in computing have had as profound an influence on software management as Peopleware . The unique insight of this longtime best seller is that the major issues of software development are human, not technical. They’re not easy issues; but solve them, and you’ll maximize your chances of success. “Peopleware has long been one of my two favorite books on software engineering. Its underlying strength is its base of immense real experience, much of it quantified. Many, many varied projects have been reflected on and distilled; but what we are given is not just lifeless distillate, but vivid examples from which we share the authors’ inductions. Their premise is right: most software project problems are sociological, not technological. The insights on team jelling and work environment have changed my thinking and teaching. The third edition adds strength to strength.” — Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., Kenan Professor of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Author of The Mythical Man-Month and The Design of Design “Peopleware is the one book that everyone who runs a software team needs to read and reread once a year. In the quarter century since the first edition appeared, it has become more important, not less, to think about the social and human issues in software develop¿ment. This is the only way we’re going to make more humane, productive workplaces. Buy it, read it, and keep a stock on hand in the office supply closet.” —Joel Spolsky, Co-founder, Stack Overflow “When a book about a field as volatile as software design and use extends to a third edition, you can be sure that the authors write of deep principle, of the fundamental causes for what we readers experience, and not of the surface that everyone recognizes. And to bring people, actual human beings, into the mix! How excellent. How rare. The authors have made this third edition, with its additions, entirely terrific.” —Lee Devin and Rob Austin, Co-authors of The Soul of Design and Artful Making For this third edition, the authors have added six new chapters and updated the text throughout, bringing it in line with today’s development environments and challenges. For example, the book now discusses pathologies of leadership that hadn’t previously been judged to be pathological; an evolving culture of meetings; hybrid teams made up of people from seemingly incompatible generations; and a growing awareness that some of our most common tools are more like anchors than propellers. Anyone who needs to manage a software project or software organization will find invaluable advice throughout the book.