Catastrophe Disentanglement

Catastrophe Disentanglement

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a€œThere are many books available on software risks and software failures. There are very few books that provide step-by-step information on getting troubled software projects back on track. This book provides detailed guidelines for software project recovery. Some of the steps the author recommends may be unpleasant, but all are important.a€ a€”Capers Jones, chief scientist emeritus at Software Productivity Research LLC a€œThis is a well-conceived, well-written, interesting book about an important topic. The author is right in saying that no one else has covered this particular facet of project failure.a€ a€”Robert L. Glass, publisher of the Software Practitioner A 10-STEP PROCESS TO IDENTIFY SEVERELY TROUBLED PROJECTS AND AVOID COSTLY FAILURE Ita€™s a software development nightmare: a project thata€™s rapidly spiraling out of control...or already a disaster. Conventional project management techniques wona€™t save these projects: there are no standard rescue processes to follow. You need something radically different: Catastrophe Disentanglement. Drawing on in-depth data from hundreds of development organizations, E.M. Bennatan presents a proven, 10-step program for rescuing any project thata€™s worth saving. Youa€™ll find specific guidance for addressing massive budget overruns, schedule slippage, poor qualitya€”or all three at once. Using practical examples drawn from decades of hands-on experience as a software development leader and consultant, Bennatan shows how to Evaluate where your project really stands Align your projecta€™s developers, managers, and customers Defi ne the minimum acceptable project goals that are achievable Replan your project to successfully deliver the new minimum goals Identify risks in your revised project and create effective contingency plans Install an a€œearly warning systema€ to keep your rescued project from slipping back toward catastrophe Catastrophe Disentanglement is an effective, comprehensive approach to software project rescue. Whenever projects are in troublea€”whether you are a senior manager, project manager, team member, or software customera€”this book could save your career. Preface xi Chapter 1 An Introduction to Catastrophe Disentanglement 1 Chapter 2 When Is a Project a Catastrophe? 15 Chapter 3 Step 1a€“Stop 43 Chapter 4 Step 2a€“Assign an Evaluator 57 Chapter 5 Step 3a€“Evaluate the Project 73 Chapter 6 Step 4a€“Evaluate the Team 95 Chapter 7 Step 5a€“Define Minimum Goals 113 Chapter 8 Step 6a€“Can Minimum Goals Be Achieved? 133 Chapter 9 Step 7a€“Rebuild the Team 147 Chapter 10 Step 8a€“Risk Analysis 169 Chapter 11 Step 9a€“Revise the Plan 189 Chapter 12 Step 10a€“Create an Early Warning System 209 Chapter 13 Epilogue: Putting the Final Pieces in Place 233 References 245 Glossary 255 About the Author 257 Index 259 Ac Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.Alltela#39;s report concluded that the ISPR project was in serious trouble and that the overall risk was indeed high. The report went on to evaluate several options, including termination of the contract. In March 1998, long after the original end- dateanbsp;...

Title:Catastrophe Disentanglement
Author: E. M. Bennatan
Publisher:Pearson Education - 2006-04-11

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