Chapter 5. Death March Processes


Methodology gives those with no ideas something to do.

 --Mason Cooley, City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection

Traditional scientific method has always been at the very best 20-20 hindsight. It's good for seeing where you've been. It's good for testing the truth of what you think you know, but it can't tell you what you ought to do.

 --Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle MaintenancePart 3, Chapter 24 (1974)

If you remember only one word from this chapter—or for that matter, the entire book you are now reading—it should be triage. You might have assumed, from the title of this chapter, that I would be concentrating on familiar methodologies such as structured analysis, or formal process disciplines such ...

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