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Waltzing With Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects

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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