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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User Review  - Maksim Afanasjev - Goodreads

An amazingly easy reading with some serious ideas inside. Probably not the best read if you need a concise, distilled project management advice, but if you want more entertaining way of learning some fundamental ideas- that's the book. Read full review

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User Review  - Jessy - Goodreads

I really enjoyed reading this book for my Software Engineering course. It was an entertaining way to learn concepts for the course from a novel format. Read full review

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