The Deadline: A Novel About Project Management Paperback – 1 Jul 1997
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But I must say I disagree with the last minute implementation theory. And no testing until the implementation is done?? It looks a lot like the good old waterfall model! Very few clients will let you defer implementation till the last 1/5 or 1/6 of the project! If they can't see progress from the beginning they get nervous and start shouting etc.
Second, the staffing model as explained (staffing up agressively towards the end of a project) seems to ignore the time it takes to integrate new members into a team. In the story Mr. T luckily has 3 teams doing about the same thing, so getting them up to speed is easier. In real life I haven't seen that so far. Note, the story deals with integration time earlier in the book, so I think the solution to raid the existing similar teams is too easy / far from reality :-) Try again!
I'd say I believe more in the XP way of doing things. Same staffing model, start small, staff up as the software develops. Lots of early implementation and testing, yet still enough design to avoid killing the project. And the client always knows exactly how much he has at any time. That is, the software as it runs today!!
... but then again, I haven't been a manager :-) only been exposed to a lot of bad ones.
You read this book, exactly like a novel and at the suddenly realise you have been taught something.
The story isn't bad either !!!
will his suggestions ever make it in the real world (most projects are run on a very fudal basis - most of us 'serf' have had that experience) can the pathology ever be changed from below ?
All in all a very good and easy read. Kevin O'H - Londinium
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After reading this book I had to sit down and take a look at my own methods and experience with projects and their dynamics. Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2002
An interesting, enjoyable read with many truths about deadline pressures and managerment vs development staff interactions. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2001
superb insight into software project management, and also valuable for other projects and general management. Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2001