The Deadline: A Novel About Project Management
In "The Deadline", the author, Tom DeMarco, illustrates 100+ project management principles accumulated by the protagonist, one Webster Tompkins. His supporting cast includes a host of consultants, a corporate spy, an ex-general, and a burned-out project manager. Tompkins has accepted the formidable task of developing several new software products concurrently, and tackling the many challenges that invariably occur (e.g., organizing resources, schedule compression, abusive management, etc.). In addition, he has seized the opportunity to conduct an experiment with each project: having parallel development teams (differing in size) compete in completing the same product.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Opportunity Knocking
The fictional Project Management Laboratory (i.e., the controlled experiment involving parallel development teams for each product) lacks realism -- especially for shrink-wrap software -- when considering likely real-world constraints and pressures.
*SPOILER* A romantic sub-plot.
The novel format carries on the tradition of telling stories to pass on wisdom to others. "The Deadline" is a project management must-read.
Copyright © 2003 Anthon Pang.
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