Sunday, 28 April, 2002
Tom DeMarco's The Deadline
I finished Tom DeMarco's book The Deadline over the weekend. It's subtitled "A Novel About Project Management." The book has some keen insight into project management, all wrapped up in a silly story about a project manager who is kidnapped and "encouraged" to help the country of Morovia become a software powerhouse. It's worth the read, although if you've read DeMarco and Lister's Peopleware, you probably won't find anything new here. The treatment in Peopleware is more thorough, but it's not as fun to read. I'd suggest you read both books, and then pass The Deadline on to those in your organization who aren't directly involved in project management, but who would benefit from learning a little more about if. If they like The Deadline and want to learn more, then give them Peopleware.