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Managing the Software Process Hardcover – Jan 1 1989
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From the Back Cover
The author, drawing on years of experience at IBM and the SEI, provides here practical guidance for improving the software development and maintenance process. He focuses on understanding and managing the software process because this is where he feels organizations now encounter the most serious problems, and where he feels there is the best opportunity for significant improvement. Both program managers and practicing programmers, whether working on small programs or large-scale projects, will learn how good their own software process is, how they can make their process better, and where they need to begin."This book will help you move beyond the turning point, or crisis, of feeling over-whelmed by the task of managing the software process to understanding what is essential in software management and what you can do about it." Peter Freeman, from the Foreword
About the Author
Known as “the father of software quality,” Watts S. Humphrey is the author of numerous influential books on the software-development process and software process improvement. Humphrey is a fellow of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University, where he founded the Software Process Program and provided the vision and early leadership for the original Capability Maturity Model (CMM). He also is the creator of the Personal Software Process (PSP) and Team Software Process (TSP). Recently, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology—the highest honor given by the president of the United States to America's leading innovators.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is full of sample forms and checklists for the processes you need to put in place. Processes are broken down into generic but specific terms so that it is easily applied/tailored to your company. I was having problems with expressing the interleaving nature of the sets of processes in configuration management (version control, code review, QA, build management, ...). Humphrey's book somehow was able to express that (in other terminologies of course).
Definite must buy for anyone who is part of an SEPG or Project Manager for software development.
By reading this book project Managers, Team Leaders and practicing programmers and analysts will learn how good their own software process is and how they can make their process better, how to do that and where to begin.
As Peter Freeman has written in the foreword this book " ... will help you move beyond the turning point, or crisis, of feeling overwhelmed by the task of managing the software process to understanding what is essential in software management and what you can do about it."
A must read for all software professionals who want design, develop and implement successful software processes in their organizations. A life saver for project leaders and managers whose projects are headed towards diaster. An essential read for students of software engineering.
There is not much mystery or razzle-dazzle in this book. I think that most of the programmers and managers who read it are usually nodding their heads in agreement with most of the ideas. Problem for us process war horses is that we lose track of what is the bottom line in software development - having a successful project. Definition: A reliable plan, on-time delivery, within the originally stated cost, and within or exceeding the requirements for quality.
The book does not have the acronym CMM in the title, but Humphries describes the maturity levels of a software engineering in the same context of the levels of software process maturity: Initial, Repeatable, Defined, Managed and Optimized. His approach is to look at the main features of each level, such as Project Plan, Software Configuration Management and Software Quality Assurance as part of the Repeatable Process.
I recommend that anyone interested in software process improvement read this book and internalize it before moving into the CMM for Software because it sets the background philosophy for the CMM. Ther are many errors which people make in trying to implement the CMM, such as compartmentalizing the maturity levels and Key Process Areas. If "Managing the Software Process" is read and understood in its entirety first, some of the mistakes may be avoided.
This book is filled with unjustified, unreasoned dogma. For example, he argues that the reason for an SQA organization is that software quality is a good thing. This is a non-sequitor; the point he should have been arguing for is WHY an SQA organization improves software quality.
Read this book--for an example of a modern miracle cure peddler. Or, read it to see how gullible some software engineering managers can be. But don't expect it to help you improve your product.
Most recent customer reviews
This book is crucial to a thorough understanding of software engineering principles. Watts Humphrey is one of the most important forces in the field, and this book is vital to... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2001 by Amazon Customer
If you wish to improve the Quality of your software development, this book is worth reading, studying, and questioning. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 1999 by Ronald L. Henderson
I use this book every day to teach software process at my company. It is a practical and thought-provoking book for software process management. Read morePublished on July 24 1999
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