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Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Adrenaline junkies, dead fish, project sluts, true believers, Lewis and Clark, template zombies . . .

Most developers, testers, and managers on IT projects are pretty good at recognizing patterns of behavior and gut-level hunches, as in, I sense that this project is headed for disaster.

But it has always been more difficult to transform these patterns and hunches into a
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Published March 1st 2008 by Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated (first published January 1st 2007)
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Sep 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manager-fu
I really want to give all my coworkers copies of this book. Because the coolest thing about it is that it gives you a language to talk about software development projects with. This book is basically a dictionary of "project patterns" - patterns of behavior, good and bad, that software development groups often exhibit.

Anyone who has worked in software (or probably on other complex projects) is going to recognize many of these patterns. (Although, I'm personally very grateful that I don't
Michael Coté
Nov 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: software developers and managers
As with most pattern books, this is one you flip through in an hour and then save it to refer back to. The strength of software management and development pattern books is describing problems that commonly occur, not really telling you how to fix them. Thus, they tend to be frustrating because you're left thinking, "how am I going to get this to work in my organization?" There is a certain level of detail in some of these patterns that's refreshing, but most are just brief outlines of a software ...more
David Lindelof
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Reading this book felt a bit like going to church to listen to the nth version of the same sermon. You agree with everything that's being said, you are comforted in your own beliefs, and you would certainly give this book to a newcomer to the field.

That said, anyone who's been through Peopleware or similar books will probably not learn any really new things from this book. It's very fun to read about those behavioral patterns that the authors have documented, but I would be much more interested
Denis Vasilev
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Отличная книга по ошибочным и работающим шаблонам поведения команд разработчиков. Практично, полезно, интересно.
Roman Chumakov
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cs
Жалею что только сейчас добрался до этой книги. В части паттернов узнал некоторые прошлые места работы. =)
Книга кстати неплохо масштабируется и на вне-ИТ ситуации, по мотивам кое что поправил и в своей повседневной жизни.
As far as patterns books go, this one was pretty light on the "pattern" part. It was more a series of short essays about things observed on project teams. Some of them offered advice. Some of them were more anti-patterns--things to avoid. Some were just strange. (The "IT seems to have a higher proportion of musicians" was a particularly useless 'pattern'.)

There are a few gems in here, especially around distributed development and high performing teams. There was lots that will be familiar to
Henrik Warne
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies is a collection of 86 patterns of project behaviour collected and documented by a group of 6 authors from the Atlantic Systems Guild.

Each pattern is presented with a title, a picture, a one- or two-sentence summary, and a few pages describing the pattern in more depth. This format works pretty well, and the book is both funny and very easy to read. However, when I finished reading the book and asked myself what I had learnt from it, I had to answer "Not
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a mandatory reading for a management class I went to, it was suprising for a 'textbook' but it's hilarious and a fun read.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this one!
Mircea Nistor
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's funny. Some of the stories (typologies) are no longer actual but most are and you should be afraid that you might find yourself in one of the not so nice ones.
Ben Linders
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The book "Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies, Understanding Patterns of project behavior" contains 86 patterns, written in an easy readable and recognizable style which make you think about how people behave in projects. The authors have a lot of experience in various areas; their different views help you to get a broader understanding of issues that you can face in projects.

Patterns help us to understand things. They are not necessarily good or bad; in fact they may or may not be
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adrenalin Junkies & Formular Zombies ist ein sehr gut gelungenes Buch über die verschiedenen Muster die einem bei Projekten immer wieder begegnen. Die teils lustigen, teils aber auch sehr tragisch Situationen werden im Buch eingehend beschreiben und mit Warnhinweisen versehen. Transparenz ist nicht immer eine gute Strategie und viele Firmen bevorzugen die traurige Wahrheit erst zu einem Zeitpunkt zu erfahren, wo jegliche Chance auf eine Verbesserung verpasst wurde.

Sehr gefallen hat mir das
Valery Dostovalova
Забавное чтиво. Как медицинская энциклопедия, все симптомы тут же у себя находишь :)
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's definitely worth reading book since it once more time summarizes different patterns and habits in behavior of whole project teams or persons. If you are not a guru in project management, but already started noticing some common in teams behavior and cannot describe them in words only feel - this book will shed some light on these obvious patterns.
So common patterns in my experience are: Manana, Leakage. My "favorites": News Improvement, Hidden Beauty and the top rated in the real life of is
Jul 08, 2009 rated it liked it
It's all right.

The problem that this book has is that it's a list of patterns. Each of these patterns stands on its own, but does not feed into an overarching theme. As such, I got the feeling of "yes, I've seen this before" but nothing that told me "ah, this is why this happens." Simply listing things isn't going to lead to any epiphanies, but it's nice to see that some behaviors seem to be universal.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it liked it
A fair book. If you've been in software development for a few years, most of the stuff the authors write about will seem very familiar. The book's real value is given by the very clever pattern names.

A few examples:
- Nanny: the (project) manager who nurtures the team and helps them develop
- True believes: a zealot of a certain school of thought
- Project sluts: taking on more work than available capacity
- Undivided attention: people work only on one project.
Dmitry Ledentsov
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The authors show off an amazing insight into projects in the software industry. In effect this book is a summary of topics discussed in depth in other books by Tom DeMarco and others, but is a valuable resource for those who're guessing that their working conditions or their own work are far from perfect, concerning project management
Michael Scott
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it
[TODO: All in all, very interesting material, but inconsistently presented and with no apparent structure. Inconsistent writing quality. Very annoying use of metaphors. Why did the authors cut about 20 topics---the ones mentioned in the Interlude chapter---but then stopped the book at 86 topics?! Moreover, why are some topics repeated, sometimes as a minor variation?]
Kurzweiliges Buch, die einzelnen Muster sind jeweils nur 2-3 Seiten lang und berichten überwiegend aus der Berufspraxis der Autoren. Selbst erfahrene IT-Projektmanager finden hier noch das eine oder andere Muster bzw. den einen oder anderen neuen Lösungsansatz für hinreichend bekannte Muster.
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Удивительно, но возразить против трактовки авторов захотелось только в нескольких из почти сотни паттернов.
Серьезный недостаток, жестко определенный общим построением книги - отсутствие единой системы и даже отнсительно глубокого разбора каждого из паттернов.
Т.е. это скорее словарик.
Sergey Zubov
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand it's very interesting, on the other it isn't very useful. This book is just a good and sometimes funny collection of patterns and antipatterns in which everyone can recognize himself and his team.
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Очень весело, познавательно и доступно - о шаблонах поведения проектных команд.
Почерпнула для себя много полезно, навело на размышления и подтолкнуло к действию - искоренить негативные шаблоны и внедрить положительные.
Sean Keery
Feb 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent real world examples and practical advice on how to avoid some of the pitfalls. LMAO at parts
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Because the topics which are written in this book is so real that they recall my nightmare experiences on projects. I cannot read through it without taking a breath once in a whole...
Отличная книга!
Описывает кучу паттернов поведения. И при этом не навязывает никакого способа решения.
Просто акцентирует внимание на проблемах.
Очень здорово!
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
A worthwhile read, but be very selective about what you read. If you encounter something that bores you, skip it. If it irritates you, pay close attention.
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typcial DeMarco, who and the other author did a wounderful job. The short stories are good to read and again a book which contains a lot of stuff to think about it as software engineer.
Sophia Vitko
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lots of analogies in real world. Not boring to read
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Industry vets will nod so vigorously they might as well be headbanging.
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Tom DeMarco is the author of fifteen books, including five novels, a collection of short stories and the rest business books. His most recent work is a seemingly jinxed love story, The One-Way Time Traveler. Before that he wrote Dark Harbor House, and before that Slack and Peopleware and The Deadline.
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