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Death March, Second Edition by Edward Yourdon

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Chapter 2. Politics

 

You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it is going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.

 
 --Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
 

Politics is more difficult than physics.

 
 --Albert Einstein

Politics is a factor in every software development project, no matter how much we might want to deny it; the difference with death march projects is that the politics is so intense it can overwhelm the effort to get any work done. Thus, while the process associated ...

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