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Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects by Timothy Lister, Tom DeMarco

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3. Denver International Airport Reconsidered

The city of Denver, Colorado, set out in 1988 to build a new airport to replace the existing one, Stapleton Airport. Stapleton was judged incapable of expansion, inadequate to serve the growing city, and guilty of contributing to ever-more-evident noise- and air-pollution problems. With the new airport, costs would be reduced, pollution and air-traffic delays would be eliminated, and growth would be assured. The new Denver International Airport (DIA) was scheduled to open on October 31, 1993. That was the plan.

Another Fine Mess

Cut to the chase: Everything went fine, except those damn software guys let the side down again. (Sigh, groan, general rolling of the eyes.) On October 31, 1993, every other ...

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