The deadline: a novel about project management

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Dorset House Pub., 1997 - Business & Economics - 310 pages
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From prolific and influential consultant and author Tom DeMarco comes a project management novel that vividly illustrates the principles--and the outright absurdities--that affect the productivity of a software development team. With his trademark wit set free in the novel format, DeMarco centers the plot around the development of six software products. Mr. Tompkins, a manager downsized from a giant telecommunications company, divides the huge staff of developers at his disposal into eighteen teams--three for each of the software products. The teams are different sizes and use different methods, and they compete against each other and against an impossible deadline. With these teams--and with the help of numerous "fictionalized" consultants who come to his aid--Tompkins tests the project management principles he has gathered over a lifetime. Each chapter closes with journal entries that form the core of the eye-opening approaches to management illustrated in this entertaining novel.

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Review: The Deadline : A Novel About Project Management

User Review  - Svetlana Guljajeva - Goodreads

This book's most attractive feature for me was a sense of humor. It is not a book of academic theory, but a real-life story about a fictious surreal exaggerated projects' management. It is real-life ... Read full review

Review: The Deadline : A Novel About Project Management

User Review  - Carole Williams hagen - Goodreads

I gave this book a four not because it is a regular novel that I love but because it is a clever use of fiction to highlight key project management principles in a way that isn't going to put one to ... Read full review

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