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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Co Inc.,U.S. (1 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932633676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932633675
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,021,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Another masterpiece from the folks who brought you Peopleware. Anyone who has survived a software project or two will surely recognize many of these patterns and will be able to learn from most of them. Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies is a real joy." -- Joel Spolsky, author of Joel on Software

"People have always tried to understand themselves and each other. Our survival has depended on such understanding, as has the quality of that survival, from bare subsistence to deeply fulfilling livelihood. What people do individually, interpersonally, and within their institutional matrices, forms distinct frameworks of attitude and behavior. Perceiving the dynamics of these complexes (let's call them) confers both insight and power. Three attempts at such understanding leap to mind. The Chinese had the I Ching, or Book of Changes. Architects have had A Pattern Language. And medical psychology has had its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Brilliantly blending elements of all three (not least from that last one), Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies maps the patterns people create and follow--to their detriment and advantage--in the projects they engage within organizational contexts. Sharp, funny and dead-on-target, the book deserves a wide reading." -- Christopher Locke, coauthor of The Cluetrain Manifesto

"The 86 project patterns are grimly familiar to anyone who has worked in project-related organizations. Fortunately, some of the patterns are good ones, and should be encouraged. Sadly, though, many of the others are not only depressingly familiar, but astonishingly destructive to productivity, quality, and the morale of the project team."
-- Ed Yourdon, author of Death March

"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

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Consultant DeMarco collects concise, often humorous descriptions of 86 patterns of behavior seen in both successful and doomed projects, in this guide for project managers and all others who work with project teams. The clever pattern names, such as offshore follies, happy clappy meetings, and feature soup, will help readers remember how to identif

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