Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects

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Dorset House Pub., 2003 - Computers - 196 pages
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; turnover; 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.

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User Review  - VVilliam - LibraryThing

A really nice introduction to risk management and overview of a process to track it. I'm convinced to do risk management, and have an idea of what a process would look like. But, this book is lacking ... Read full review

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User Review  - elefevre - LibraryThing

Excellent. Very well written (not to pretentious, not to simple), short, addresses the point perfectly. On the same level as Peopleware. Read full review


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Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister are long-time colleagues as principals of the Atlantic Systems Guild

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