Yourdon – I hope his Death March was peaceful

Upon learning of the death of Ed Yourdon I immediately went to my bookshelf and started reviewing his books. Mr. Yourdon didn’t know me, but I feel as if I knew him. Throughout my career, he always seemed to be there when I  needed some direction or a new approach to analysis. I recommend many of his books but one in particular was very important to me: Death March. Many years ago I was consulting as a Project Manager and was almost pushed to the breaking point on a project that seemed to be heading for disaster. Needing to get out of the office at lunch one day, I went to a bookstore desperately looking for help and there it was, Death March, The Complete Software Developer’s Guide to Surviving “Mission Impossible” Projects by Ed Yourdon. Feeling confident that Yourdon would help me, I bought the book and spent the evening reading the whole thing! And I wasn’t disappointed. As usual, he totally understood my situation, gave practical suggestions, and hit the mark on all of the frustration I was feeling. He acknowledged that some projects can’t be saved. It was like I had dinner with a friend who listened to my complaints and confirmed that I was not crazy. I left the project soon after and never looked back. Thanks Ed. RIP

Barbara Carkenord

Director, Business Analysis at RMC Learning Solutions
Throughout my career my passion has been to enable people and organizations to succeed through analysis. Analytical thinking allows organizations to increase their process efficiency and improve the quality of their products.

My passion for critical thinking and providing business value drove me to help define the business analysis profession. The business analysis profession is made up of individuals who excel at evaluating problems, identifying possible solutions, and assessing costs and benefits before recommending a change. As an early IIBA® member, I worked on the development of a worldwide standard for business analysis, the BABOK® Guide. I continue to volunteer with the IIBA mentoring, writing, presenting, and promoting the organization and its principles.

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Throughout my career my passion has been to enable people and organizations to succeed through analysis. Analytical thinking allows organizations to increase their process efficiency and improve the quality of their products. My passion for critical thinking and providing business value drove me to help define the business analysis profession. The business analysis profession is made up of individuals who excel at evaluating problems, identifying possible solutions, and assessing costs and benefits before recommending a change. As an early IIBA® member, I worked on the development of a worldwide standard for business analysis, the BABOK® Guide. I continue to volunteer with the IIBA mentoring, writing, presenting, and promoting the organization and its principles.
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