Abstract: Presents a comprehensive methodology including: awareness, planning, inventory, triage, assessment, resolution, testing, deployment, fallout. Includes a CD-ROM.
Keywords: book review, year2000, management, software, y2k, millennium bug, project management, planning, year 2000 remediation, conversion, compliance, computer date conversion, systems, maintenance.
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Title: How to 2000
Author: Dean Sims, Jeanne Minahan Robinson, Christopher McConell, Eileen Silo, Jay Shapiro
Publisher: I D G Books Worldwide
Date Published: December 1997
ISBN: 0764531018
LOCN: QA76.76.S64H69 1998
Dewey: 005.1/6 21
Pages: 589
Figures: 238
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REVIEW by Orville R. Weyrich, Jr.

This thick book is primarily addressed to software project managers for large year-2000 compliance projects. As such, it has a wealth of step-by-step project planning details. It is the best-organized and most comprehensive I have seen on the subject. It addresses in considerable detail the issues that must be considered, as well as possible time-budgets for different project phases. While the range of issues dealt with is expansive enough for a large enterprise, project managers for smaller projects would do well to consider all the issues described in this book, and then make an informed decision regarding areas where a smaller-scale project might streamline the process. It should be useful even if you already have a project underway, as a point of reference to judge your own project against, as a sanity check.

If you are just now starting a year 2000 compliance project, you may very well feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem. I certainly was when I read the book. [Although I have spent 18 years in the computer industry, including three years as Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Georgia teaching Software Engineering, I have never had to manage such a large, time-critical project]. Nonetheless, I could not find much to find fault with in the book. My only comment is that perhaps in some cases a shrewd project manager might be able to squeeze the schedule a little tighter by staggering or overlapping to some extent the project phases. But doing so would require extremely good insight into both the nature of the project process and the problem domain. While an outside project management team might be able to provide the former, only visionary members of your own industry will be able to provide the latter.

If you are wondering what the year-2000 issue is all about and how it might affect you, this is not the book for you. I suggest that you check out Yourdons' book for an overview of the possible impact of the year 2000 computer bug. But if your company has determined that a year 2000 project is needed, and if you have any management, project leadership, or oversight role in such a project, then this book should prove invaluable.

I also highly recommend the book to journalists, government regulators, and legislators seeking to evaluate statements made by companies and government agencies regarding the current state of their year-2000 readiness programs. By knowing in some detail all the things which must be accomplished, it becomes much easier to ask probing questions to determine the actual status of a project.

The book also comes with a CD-ROM containing various software tools related to planing and management of a year 2000 compliance project. The software requires various Microsoft tools, such as Project, Access, PowerPoint, Windows 95 or above. I have not evaluated the merits of this supplementary material.




Chapter 1: Phase 1: Planning and Awareness

Chapter 2: Phase 2: Inventory

Chapter 3: Phase 3: Triage

Chapter 4: Phase 4: Detailed Assessment

Chapter 5: Phase 5: Resolution

Chapter 6: Phase 6: Test Planning

Chapter 7: Phase 7: Test Execution

Chapter 8: Phase 8: Deployment

Chapter 9: Phase 9: Fallout

Appendix A: Problem Definition Catalog

Appendix B: Solution Sets

Appendix C: Legal and Contract Considerations

Appendix D: Sample Presentations

Appendix E: Applicability of Tools

Appendix F: Key Tasks Outline

Appendix G: Year 2000 Repository

Appendix H: Integrated Project Plan

Appendix I: How To 2000 Risk Management

Appendix J: Steps To Prepare Your PC for the Year 2000

Appendix K: What's on the CD-ROM?


Title:         How to 2000 : Raytheon E-systems.
Published:     Foster City, CA : IDG Books Worldwide, Inc.,
Description:   lvii, 589 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. + 1 computer laser
                  optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
LC Call No.:   QA76.76.S64H69 1998
Dewey No.:     005.1/6 21
ISBN:          0764531018 (pbk.) : $34.99
Notes:         "Authors, Dean Sims" and others-- Cover p. [4].
               Includes index.
               System requirements for the accompanying computer
                  disc: PC with Windows 95; Windows 3.1, or Windows NT; 16 MB
                  RAM; 15 MB hard disk.
Subjects:      Year 2000 date conversion (Computer systems)
               Software maintenance.
Other authors: Sims, Dean.
Control No.:   97074336 


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