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A grueling process being forced upon you by circumstances / management that requires an unhealthy amount of hours, stress, etc to achieve to a (potentially unreasonable) objective by a certain time.

Likely outcome to meet the criteria is burn-out / resignation / death of personnel, especially if repeated.

In the original context, it is of course: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bataan_Death_March




I don't doubt that Bataan is the original, original context, but as far as software engineering goes, the term comes from this book:

https://www.amazon.com/Death-March-2nd-Edward-Yourdon/dp/013...


To me, the concept also includes that it's all for naught, since the project fails anyway.





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