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Death March, Second Edition by Edward Yourdon

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Chapter 4. People in Death March Projects

 

Everything really interesting that happens in software projects eventually comes down to people.

 
 --James Bach
 

A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.

 
 --Douglas MacArthur, Speech, August 16, 1962

Gerald Weinberg, author of the first book acknowledging that software developers are human beings,[1] likes to say that there are three problems with every project: people, people, and people. Aside from being a generally wise observation, it has enormous relevance for death march projects: If you have the wherewithal to emphasize only one thing, in order to improve the chances of success on a death march project, most project managers would agree that that one thing ...

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