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Beyond Chaos: The Expert Edge in Managing Software Developmentby Larry Constantine
Synopses & Reviews
The popularity of the Management Forum in Software Development Magazine is not surprising. Because the majority of software development projects fail to come in on time, on budget, or on specification, software development managers are constantly seeking out management approaches and techniques that will help them achieve success. Many software development projects deteriorate into a state of chaos.
In Beyond Chaos, the keenest contributions to the Management Forum have been incorporated into a single volume to reveal best practices in managing software projects and organizations. The forty-five essays contained in this book are written by many of the leading names in software development, software engineering, and technical management. Each piece has been selected and edited to provide highly focused ideas and suggestions that can be translated into immediate practice. Pragmatic and provocative, they address key management concerns involving people, planning and productivity, coping under pressure, quality, development processes, and leadership and teamwork.
Highlights of the book include:
These and many more insightful and advisory essays together represent the cutting edge in software development management and the collective wisdom of the field's most knowledgeable practitioners. Both entertaining and enlightening, Beyond Chaos will enrich your skills and enhance your deeper understanding of the process of bringing software from idea to reality.
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Reprints 45 essays originally published in the Management Forum of Software Development magazine. The authors, who are working managers and consultants in the software industry, discuss dealing with difficult people, managing from the bottom-up, coping with project failure, sustaining teamwork, and building software to throw away.
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Software Development magazine's Management Forum column has long been one of the most popular features of this monthly periodical. This book compiles the best of the Management Forum columns, with contributions from significant names such as Jim Highsmith, Capers Jones, Steve McConnell, Meilir Page-Jones, Karl Weigers, Ed Yourdon, and many more. The book is ideal for busy project managers and team leaders, and the essays contained within are pragmatic and provocative. The essays have been selected and edited to provide highly focused ideas and suggestions that can be translated into immediate practice.
About the Author
Larry L. Constantine, a pioneer of modern software engineering practice, is highly regarded as an authority on the human side of software development. A leading international lecturer, author, editor, and consultant, he has ten books and more than 120 published papers to his credit. Under the pen name Lior Samson, Larry has just published his first novel, Bashert, a political thriller set against the backdrop of Israel’s emergence as a nuclear power.
Table of Contents
I. IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE.
1. Dealing with Difficult People: Changing the Changeable.
2. Avoiding Feedback Traps: Improving Customer and Client Communication.
3. These are Trained Professionals: Beyond Training to Transformation.
4. Maintaining Your Balance: Managing Working Relationships.
5. Job Qualifications: On Hiring the Best.
6. Problem-Solving Meta-Rules: Habits of Productive People.
II. PROJECT MANAGEMENT.
7. First Things First: A Project Manager's Primer.
8. Money Bags and Baseball Bats: Sponsorship Rules.
9. Productivity by the Numbers: What Can Speed Up or Slow Down Software Development.
10. Software Waste Management: Managing Data Migration.
11. When in Doubt, Blame Everybody: The Responsibility for Usability.
12. Creative Input: From Feature Fantasies to Practical Products.
13. Software Collaborations: Managing the Complexities of Cooperation.
14. Managing Outsourced Projects: Project Management Inside Out.
15. Tough Customers: Toward Win-Win Solutions.
16. Avoiding the Iceberg: Reading the Project Warning Signs.
17. Lemonade from Lemons: Learning from Project Failure.
Norman L. Kerth.
III. UNDER PRESSURE.
18. Death March: Surviving a Hopeless Project.
19. Web-Time Development: High-Speed Software Engineering.
20. Taking the Crunch Out of Crunch Mode: Alternatives to Mandatory Overtime.
21. Reducing Cycle Time: Getting Through Bottlenecks, Blocks, and Bogs. Dennis J. Frailey.
22. Dot-Com Management: Surviving the Startup Syndrome. Tony Wasserman.
23. Cutting Corners: Shortcuts in Model-Driven Web Development.
IV. QUALITY REQUIRED.
24. No More Excuses: Innovative Technology and Irrelevant Tangents.
25. The Mess Is Your Fault: Toward the Software Guild.
26. Seduced by Reuse: Realizing Reusable Components.
27. Real-Life Requirements: Caught Between Quality and Deadlines.
28. Rules Rule: Business Rules as Requirements.
29. Taming the Wild Web: Business Alignment in Web Development.
30. Calming Corporate Immune Systems: Overcoming Risk Aversion.
Gifford Pinchot and Gene Callahan.
31. Inventing Software: Breakthroughs on Demand.
V. DEVELOPMENT PROCESSES AND PRACTICES.
32. Order for Free: An Organic Model for Adaptation.
33. Beyond Level Five: From Optimization to Adaptation.
34. Optimization or Adaptation: In Pursuit of a Paradigm.
Sylvain Hamel and Jim Highsmith.
35. Adaptive Software Development: An Experience Report.
36. Creating a Culture of Commitment: Of Deadlines, Discipline, and Management Maturity.
37. The Commando Returns: Learning from Experience in the Trenches.
38. Persistent Models: Models as Corporate Assets.
39. Card Magic for Managers: Low-Tech Techniques for Design and Decisions.
40. Throwaway Software: Delivering Through Discards.
41. Unified Hegemony: Beyond Universal Solutions.
VI. LEADERSHIP AND TEAMWORK.
42. Scaling Up: Teamwork in the Large.
43. Sustaining Teamwork: Promoting Life-Cycle Teams.
44. Managing from the Below: The Russian Embassy Method.
45. On Becoming a Leader: Advice for Tomorrow's Development Managers.
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