The Thread What Choices
Are You Making? Does Your Project Fit Its World? Did the
Project Planning Make Sense? Can You Make Better Chunks?
Are You Planning for Perfection? Can People Tolerate Boring Development?
Balancing Questions Lessons
Big Is It?
The Thread Just Like Small
Ones Size Project in Slices What Does "Large"
Mean? Nonlinear Effects Lessons
The Thread Estimating in Context Large Project
Estimation Processes Using the Delphi Method Are We Oracles?
Sanity Checks Calibrate Estimates with Experience
How We Do It Lessons
Will It Cost?
The Thread Accounting
Measures and Definitions What About Other Measures? Lessons
The Thread Plan on Supporting
the People Stay in Touch with Reality Who Is Doing It, and
How? Check the Exceptions Count On Steering the Project
The Thread What Are You Managing?
Can You Talk About It? What Are You Talking About, or Not Talking
About Managing to Conformity Is Commitment Being Managed?
What About Interference? Bring Me a Rock Change It
to Requirements Exploration It's a Scope Negotiation It's
Really About Scope Planning and Execution Lessons
a Project Is in Trouble: Project Indicators
Thread Ignoring the Plan Emphasizing Means, Not Ends
Routing versus Doing Reviews Find Zero Defects Changes
Don't Relate to Problems Spec Inflation You Got a Repository?
Testing Is Confused We're Too Busy to Review! There
Is Nothing We Can Do When Have Indicators Failed You? Lessons
a Project Is in Trouble: People Indicators
Thread I'm Doing the Best I Can! Ratios and Mismatches
What Management Says Nonsense Directives Won't Admit
Mistakes The "Force Fitting" People Disengage
Leaving Is the Ultimate Disengagement How Can I Help?
Stop Helping Lessons
and Project Change
The Thread Being Ignored
The Context for Change People Handle Change Differently
Planning an Intervention Bellowing Bovine Pickles
11 Being a Cassandra
The Thread Sometimes They Will Hear, Sometimes They Won't
Sometimes, It's Timing Don't Depend on One Person
Use Real Information Some People Don't Want an Answer Avoid
Saying "I Told You So" Be Careful with Unsolicited Advice
It's About Track Record The Context Helps People Hear (or Not)
with Impending Disaster
The Thread What
Do You Need to Decide What to Do? To Whom Do You Listen?
There Are Different Kinds of Damage Organizations Break Down Under
Stress Meet Obstacles Head On Lessons
The Thread Veering
Worked in the past Technology Changed How Things Work Ship
Size Was Another Change Exaggerated Assumptions Doing the
Right Thing Introducing Unusual Ideas Can You Really Be
Punished for Doing Something Different? Core Myths Limit What You Can
Change Hard Work and Genius Are All That Matter Rigid Process
Is All That Matters Lessons
The Thread Ending a Software
Project Change Means Admitting You're Wrong Sometimes, We
Just Can't Quit It's Uncomfortable to Just Give Up Take
the Brakes Yourself Making Tough Decisions Keeps Me There
But I Care About How People Feel About Me Lessons
The Thread Do Not Try to Handle
So Many Changes at Once (That Is, Do Not Violate the Edsel Edict) Make
a Big Deal About Being Sure Everyone Understood His/Her Part of the Plan
Don't Let the Project Degenerate into Crunch Mode Don't Accept Work
That Is Short All Deliverables Except the Code Itself Do Not Leave
Test Suite Design Until After the Code Is Written Keep People from
Meddling with the Wrong Things Assert Yourself as Necessary to Manage
Project Panic In the End, Did They Get What They Wanted?
16 Personal Lessons
The Thread Don't Own More Than You Own Don't Expect
to Be Omniscient Learn That Blame and Ownership Are Not the Same Thing
Manage Your Personal Panic In the End, If You Learned, You Didn't
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