[b]Winner of the Software Development Jolt Product Excellence Award [/b]
Greater risk brings greater reward, especially in software development. 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.
[b]The authors present the benefits of risk management, including that it [/b]
• 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.
[b]Readers are armed with strategies for confronting the most common risks that software projects face: [/b]
• schedule flaws
• requirements inflation
• specification breakdown
• and under-performance.
Waltzing with Bears will help you mitigate the risks—before they turn into project-killing problems. Risks are out there—and they should be there—but there is a way to manage them.