This book is a brief, eight-chapter paperback book containing multiple authors’ thoughts about management issues involved in system life cycles.
The first chapter defines dependability and recaps some of the notable systems failures including the Space Shuttle Challenger, Chernobyl and Bhopal and causative factors as related to dependability issues. Evolving in subsequent chapters is the need for and development of a “dependability culture,” planning, measurement, operations, maintenance and risk management.
Review By: Bill Kearney 08/26/2002
This is a fairly short book but one that probably will be read at least twice by most purchasers. It contains some important distinctions, one that comes to mind is that "Leading a project is quite different from, and should be carefully distinguished from, leading a project team." Its style and language (real English) were somewhat novel for me, but not obtrusive. Consider the book especially relevant to management, quality assurance practitioners, project management and educators. Although the focus is not exclusively on software projects, many general system life cycle issues apply as well to software life cycles.