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
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.