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Software Change Management: Case Studies and Practical Advice


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Why is it so difficult to change organizations? What does it really take to make “process improvement” yield measurable results? For more than 30 years, Donald Riefer has been guiding software teams through the technical, organizational, and people issues that must be managed in order to make meaningful process changes—and better products. This practical guide draws from his extensive experience, featuring 11 case studies spanning the public and private sectors and even academia. Each case study illuminates the original conditions; describes options and recommendations; details reactions, outcomes, and lessons learned; and provides essential references and resources.

  • Eleven case studies provide insightful, empirical data from real-world organizations
  • Provides a broad view across organizational settings and factors, such as personnel, and technical environments, including cloud, Agile, and open source options
  • Illuminates the hard-won lessons, tradeoffs, and impacts—with advice on how to engineer successful, sustainable changes yourself

Book News Annotation:

This collection of case studies in software change management provides managers and IT stakeholders with an overview of best practices in managing the development and deployment of major software improvements. Sample cases cover a wide variety of scenarios including organizational changes in industrial settings, migration from commercial and open source software in a telecommunication setting, managing large defense projects, introducing new technology in a government setting, and increasing collaborative efficiency in academic infrastructure. Chapters include detailed examples, data, and organizational diagrams. Reifer is an experienced software manager and the author of several books on management processes. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Donald J. Reifer is a leading figure in the fields of software engineering and software management, with more than 40 years of experience in industry, government, and academia. A successful entrepreneur, software consultant, author, and teacher, Reifer has facilitated software improvements for numerous Fortune 500 firms and government agencies, and has published seven books and 100+ software engineering/management papers.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Getting Started
  • Chapter 2: Industrial Case: Organizational Change in a Large Information Technology Shop
  • Chapter 3: Industrial Case: Justifying a Process Improvement Program for a Large Bank
  • Chapter 4: Industrial Case: Moving to Commercial Off-the-Shelf and Open-Source Software Usage in Telecommunications
  • Chapter 5: Industrial Case: Small Defense Project Needs Help
  • Chapter 6: Industrial Case: Utility Moving to the Clouds
  • Chapter 7: Industrial Case: Adoption of Agile Methods
  • Chapter 8: Government Case: Large Defense Project Behind Schedule and Over Budget
  • Chapter 9: Government Case: Introducing New Technology
  • Chapter 10: Government Case: Maintenance Shop in Turmoil
  • Chapter 11: Academic Case: Establishing a Meaningful Collaboration with Industry
  • Chapter 12: Making an Impact
  • Acronyms
  • Glossary
  • Recommended Readings, References, and Resources

Product Details

Reifer, Donald J.
Microsoft Press
Programming - Software Development
change management;developer;process improvement;software best practices;software development;software engineer;software requirements;technical debt;total cost of ownership
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Developer Best Practices
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9 x 7.38 in

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Computers and Internet » Software Engineering » Project Management
Computers and Internet » Software Engineering » Software Management
Computers and Internet » Software Engineering » Systems Analysis and Design
Computers and Internet » Software Engineering » Tools
Science and Mathematics » Mathematics » General

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