Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies

Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies

by Tim ListerSuzanne Robertson Steve McMenamin and others

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 03/05/2016


This is the digital version of the printed book (Copyright © 2008).


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 usable form, something a team can debate, refine, and use. Until now.


In Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies, the six principal consultants of The Atlantic Systems Guild present the patterns of behavior they most often observe at the dozens of IT firms they transform each year, around the world.


The result is a quick-read guide to identifying nearly ninety typical scenarios, drawing on a combined one-hundred-and-fifty years of project management experience. Project by project, you’ll improve the accuracy of your hunches and your ability to act on them.


The patterns are presented in an easy-reference format, with names designed to ease communication with your teammates. In just a few words, you can describe what’s happening on your project. Citing the patterns of behavior can help you quickly move those above and below you to the next step on your project. You’ll find classic patterns such as these: 

  • News Improvement

  • Management by Mood Ring

  • Piling On

  • Rattle Yer Dags

  • Natural Authority

  • Food++

  • Fridge Door

  • and more than eighty more! 

Not every pattern will be evident in your organization, and not every pattern is necessarily good or bad. However, you’ll find many patterns that will apply to your current and future assignments, even in the most ambiguous circumstances. When you assess your situation and follow your next hunch, you'll have the collective wisdom of six world-class consultants at your side.


Project management software
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
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Pearson Education
James Robertson

James Robertson was born in Scotland in 1958. He is the author of The Testament of Gideon Mack and And the Land Lay Still, among other novels, and has won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award twice. The Testament of Gideon Mack was longlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize.

Robertson is also the author of four short-story collections, most recently 365: Stories, as well as poetry collections and children's books in both English and Scots.

He runs the independent publishing house Kettillonia and also co-founded the Scots language children's books imprint Itchy Coo.

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