Death March Defined
žI define a death march project as one whose žproject parametersÓ exceed the norm by at least 50%.Ó
The schedule has been compressed to less than half the amount of time estimated by a rational estimating process.
The staff has been reduced to less than half the number of people that would normally be assigned to a project of this size and scope.
The budget and associated resources have been cut in half.
The functionality, features, performance requirements, or other technical aspects of the project are twice what they would be under normal circumstances.