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