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Reflections on Management: How to Manage Your Software Projects, Your Teams, Your Boss, and Yourself (SEI Series in Software Engineering)

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 “Whether you are in a startup or Fortune 500 company; are a developer, development manager, or CEO; use agile, lean, waterfall, or other methodology–if software and quality are important to you, you should read and pay attention to Watts’s reflections.”

–Bill Ihrie, Former SVP & CTO, Intuit

 

“You will enjoy this collection for its down to earth, accessible prose, its pragmatism, optimism, and, above all, Watts’s demonstration that software quality improvement is vitally important and very achievable.”

–Aidan Waine, Information Solutions General Manager, Microsoft Entertainment & Devices Division

 

“Watts has developed a real weapon for beating your competition: a reliable, repeatable way to create software that has excellent quality and reduces the time to deliver it to your customer and lowers the cost of the entire software life cycle and improves employee morale. All at the same time!”

–Michael J. Cullen, Vice President, Quality, Oracle Communications Global Business Unit

 

A Lifetime of Invaluable Management Insights from Legendary Software Quality Guru Watts S. Humphrey

 

In 1986, Watts S. Humphrey made an outrageous commitment: a promise to transform software development. As the pioneering innovator behind SEI’s Capability Maturity Model (CMM), Personal Software Process (PSP), and Team Software Process (TSP), Humphrey has more than met that promise. But his contributions go beyond methodology: For decades, his deeply personal writings on project management have been admired by software engineers worldwide.

 

Reflections on Management brings together Humphrey’s best and most influential essays and articles sharing insights that will be indispensable for anyone who must achieve superior results in software or any other endeavor.

 

Collected here for the first time, these works offer compelling insights into everything from planning day-to-day work to improving quality, encouraging teamwork to becoming a truly great leader.

 

All of these writings share a powerful vision, grounded by a life in software that has extended across nearly six decades. The vision is this: To succeed, professionals must effectively manage far more than plans, schedules, and code they must manage teams, bosses, and above all, themselves.

Book News Annotation:

Author Humphrey, a senior fellow at the Software Engineering Institute, provides wisdom and experience on software project management, rather than specific instructions, in this guide for software engineers, project managers, and other software professionals. Coverage encompasses defining goals, period and product plans, common problems of teams, and creating a sense of urgency with short-term goals. A section on dealing with bosses offers insight on negotiating projects and defending plans, dealing with aristocratic bosses, and building a case for process improvement. A final section on dealing with yourself gives guidance on taking control of your work, using support staff, and managing commitments. An appendix offers a primer on the personal software process (PSP), the team software process (TSP), and CMMI. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Whether you are in a startup or Fortune 500 company; are a developer, development manager, or CEO; use agile, lean, waterfall, or other methodology-if software and quality are important to you, you should read and pay attention to Watts's reflections. -Bill Ihrie, Former SVP & CTO, Intuit You will enjoy this collection for its down to earth, accessible prose, its pragmatism, optimism, and, above all, Watts's demonstration that software quality improvement is vitally important and very achievable. -Aidan Waine, Information Solutions General Manager, Microsoft Entertainment & Devices Division Watts has developed a real weapon for beating your competition: a reliable, repeatable way to create software that has excellent quality and reduces the time to deliver it to your customer and lowers the cost of the entire software life cycle and improves employee morale. All at the same time -Michael J. Cullen, Vice President, Quality, Oracle Communications Global Business Unit A Lifetime of Invaluable Management Insights from Legendary Software Quality Guru Watts S. Humphrey In 1986, Watts S. Humphrey made an outrageous commitment: a promise to transform software development. As the pioneering innovator behind SEI's Capability Maturity Model (CMM), Personal Software Process (PSP), and Team Software Process (TSP), Humphrey has more than met that promise. But his contributions go beyond methodology: For decades, his deeply personal writings on project management have been admired by software engineers worldwide. Reflections on Managementbrings together Humphrey's best and most influential essays and articles-sharing insights that will be indispensable for anyone who must achieve superior results in software or any other endeavor. Collected here for the first time, these works offer compelling insights into everything from planning day-to-day work to improving quality, encouraging teamwork to becoming a truly great leader. All of these writings share a powerful vision, grounded by a life in software that has extended across nearly six decades. The vision is this: To succeed, professionals must effectively manage far more than plans, schedules, and code-they must manage teams, bosses, and above all, themselves.

About the Author

Watts S. Humphrey is a Senior Fellow at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), where he introduced concepts that evolved into CMMI, and where he led development of both personal and team software processes (PSP and TSP). Previously, he was a manager and executive at IBM for twenty-seven years. He is the author of twelve highly influential books on software management and process improvement.

 

William R. Thomas manages the SEI’s Technical Communications team.

Table of Contents

Part I. Why Software Matters and Why It's Hard

1. Software victims

2. Security changes everything

3. Bugs or defects?

4. The 18-hour workweek, or why software takes so long

5. Lean really is mean

6. Finding the goalposts

Part II. Applying Discipline to Software Development

7. If you can't plan accurately, plan often

8. There's a simple answer to every complex problem, but it's wrong

9. Victimless software development: taking charge of your process and results

10. Breaking the rules

11. It's better to be approximately right than precisely wrong

12. Can you be disciplined and agile?

Part III. Leading a Team to Software Process Improvement

13. Personal and team processes: You need both

14. People and teams

15. Making team plans

16. Large-scale work

Part IV. Managing Your Management

17. Your date or mine?

18. Standing up to the boss

19. Being your own boss

20. Using ROI to say "no"

21. Making the case for process improvement

22. Surviving failure

Product Details

ISBN:
9780321711533
Author:
Humphrey, Watts S.
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley Professional
Author:
Thomas, William R
Subject:
Software Development & Engineering - General
Subject:
Computer software -- Development -- Management.
Subject:
Process control
Subject:
Programming - Software Development
Subject:
Software Engineering-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
SEI Series in Software Engineering
Publication Date:
March 2010
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.00x6.25x.50 in. .80 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Whether you are in a startup or Fortune 500 company; are a developer, development manager, or CEO; use agile, lean, waterfall, or other methodology-if software and quality are important to you, you should read and pay attention to Watts's reflections. -Bill Ihrie, Former SVP & CTO, Intuit You will enjoy this collection for its down to earth, accessible prose, its pragmatism, optimism, and, above all, Watts's demonstration that software quality improvement is vitally important and very achievable. -Aidan Waine, Information Solutions General Manager, Microsoft Entertainment & Devices Division Watts has developed a real weapon for beating your competition: a reliable, repeatable way to create software that has excellent quality and reduces the time to deliver it to your customer and lowers the cost of the entire software life cycle and improves employee morale. All at the same time -Michael J. Cullen, Vice President, Quality, Oracle Communications Global Business Unit A Lifetime of Invaluable Management Insights from Legendary Software Quality Guru Watts S. Humphrey In 1986, Watts S. Humphrey made an outrageous commitment: a promise to transform software development. As the pioneering innovator behind SEI's Capability Maturity Model (CMM), Personal Software Process (PSP), and Team Software Process (TSP), Humphrey has more than met that promise. But his contributions go beyond methodology: For decades, his deeply personal writings on project management have been admired by software engineers worldwide. Reflections on Managementbrings together Humphrey's best and most influential essays and articles-sharing insights that will be indispensable for anyone who must achieve superior results in software or any other endeavor. Collected here for the first time, these works offer compelling insights into everything from planning day-to-day work to improving quality, encouraging teamwork to becoming a truly great leader. All of these writings share a powerful vision, grounded by a life in software that has extended across nearly six decades. The vision is this: To succeed, professionals must effectively manage far more than plans, schedules, and code-they must manage teams, bosses, and above all, themselves.
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