Synopses & Reviews
Any software project that's worth starting will be vulnerable to risk. Since greater risks bring greater rewards, a company that runs away from risk will soon find itself lagging behind its more adventurous competition.
By ignoring the threat of negative outcomes -- in the name of positive thinking or a Can-Do attitude -- software managers drive their organizations into the ground.
In Waltzing with Bears, Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister -- the best-selling authors of Peopleware -- show readers how to identify and embrace worthwhile risks. Developers are then set free to push the limits.
You'll find that risk management
-- makes aggressive risk-taking possible
-- protects management from getting blindsided
-- provides minimum-cost downside protection
-- reveals invisible transfers of responsibility
-- isolates the failure of a subproject.
Readers are taught to identify the most common risks faced by software projects: schedule flaws
-- requirements inflation
-- specification breakdown
-- and under-performance.
Packed with provocative insights, real-world examples, and project-saving tips, Waltzing with Bears is your guide to mitigating the risks -- before they turn into problems.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-190) and index.