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I can hear some of you exclaiming, "How can you possibly recommend a book about software scheduling published by Microsoft Press and written by a consultant to Microsoft?!" Well, put aside any preconceived biases. This is a tremendous book on effective scheduling software development, and it drinks deeply from the wisdom of all the classics in the field such as Brook's Mythical Man Month -- and is likely well-informed by McConnell's experiences, good and bad, in Redmond.
The nine page section entitled "Classic Mistakes Enumerated" is alone worth the price of admission and should be required reading for all developers, leads, and managers. Here are some types of the 36 classic mistakes that McConnell describes in detail:
I suspect that if you've ever been involved in software development, you winced after reading each of these nine points. And you will learn a great deal from the remaining 640 pages about concrete solutions.
My only substantive gripe: cheesy Powerpoint graphics. Nonetheless, this book is Very Highly Recommended.
The real-world guide to more efficient application development from the author of Code Complete.
Who is this book for?
People who are paying for development of software products and who want to reduce the development schedules and therefore the amount they have to pay to have a product developed Project managers who want to reduce the development time of their applications. Technical leads who have been asked to reduce the development time of their applications. Programmers in general who want to stay current in development techniques. Readers of Code Complete who would like to read the next book by the same author.See all Product Description
I have read a good chunk of this book and much of it offers the most pragmatic approach to software development. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Don Vaillancourt
I tried the electronic version of the book first. Because reading electronic texts is not easy for my eyes, I ordered the paperback of it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by a regular shopper
it's a used book, but with the good conditions as the seller described. Not bad!Published on Oct. 24 2010 by Sophia
Learn about project scheduling, risk management, and peopleware issues in this well written book. The example scenarios re-enforce the ideas presented throughout the book. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by Taddese Zicke
I found this book to be enlightening on so many issues. I bought it thinking that it was touting a new methodolgy that would save the world from failing IT projects and found that... Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by T. Hiltbrand
I'm a big fan of eXtreme Programming (XP) so I was particularly interested in reading this book to see if I could pick up some ideas and concepts different from that of XP. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2003 by Michael
If there is any one book that all developers and would-be project managagers should have - it's this one. Steve McConnell's writing style alone makes this an enjoyable read. Read morePublished on April 30 2003 by Darrell Teague
Despite the fact that this book is over 5 years old -- its still an excellent resource. I used this book in my Software Project Management course for my Master's Degree and can... Read morePublished on April 18 2003 by Jessica Sant