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Winning with Software: An Executive Strategy (SEI Series in Software Engineering)by Watts S. Humphrey
Synopses & Reviews
"Every senior executive needs to read this book."
--Robert Musson Vice President, Business Strategy Cenus Technologies
"An informative book for any business person (not just technologists) who has ever been associated or involved with a software development effort and thought 'there must be a better way!' Watts has provided that better way-- the PSP/TSP, and a great book."
--Roy Kinkaid, Head of Continuous Improvement and Software Quality Assurance, EBS Dealing Resources
Watts Humphrey is the well-known author of methods and models widely used by organizations, teams, and individuals to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of software development. In Winning with Software, he shows corporate executives and senior managers why software is both a business problem and a business opportunity.
"This book is extremely well written and targets the right audience. I plan to buy a copy for each of my executives."
--Kevin J. Berk, Director, Process Improvement, Total Quality Systems
Humphrey, drawing on his own extensive executive and management experience, first demonstrates the critical importance of software to nearly every business, large and small. He then outlines seven steps needed to gain control of a software operation and transform it into a professional, businesslike engineering function. Failure to recognize the importance of software, and to take charge of its development process, runs the risk of damaging the entire business. By contrast, Humphrey relates the substantial benefits real organizations have obtained from such awareness and control, and he concludes with an analysis of the impressive financial returns the recommended transformations typically yield.
"This is a great book that will play a valuable role. It has excellent anecdotes that illustrate the points being made, as well as good examples depicting the problems faced by teams and managers. I look forward to sharing it with my colleagues."
--Steven Sliwa, President & CEO, Insitu Group Inc. and former President of Embry-Riddle University
"The logical approach, the high level explanations, and the application of real-life experiences make the book not only credible but easily understood. If a large number of CEOs don't at least try out the book's concepts, I will be greatly surprised."
--David Webb Software Engineering Project Manager, Hill Air Force Base
Book News Annotation:
Mellon worked for 27 years at IBM, and has written several books on the software development process and software process improvement. He presents this book for senior executives who have profit responsibility and direct control of their company's resources, and who want to improve the business performance of their software groups. Coverage includes the impact of software on businesses; the potential for software to be a powerful business asset, as opposed to a threat; some of the most common software problems and their causes; and the steps an executive can take to assume control of a software operation and transform it into a professional, businesslike engineering function. Written with a business slant, but containing a minimum of technical jargon.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Humphrey demonstrates the critical importance of software to nearly every business, large and small. He then outlines seven steps needed to gain control of a software operation and transform it into a professional, business-like engineering function.
In "Winning with Software" Humphrey shows corporate executives and senior managers why software is both a business problem and a business opportunity. Drawing on his own extensive executive and management experience, he demonstrates the critical importance of software to nearly every business, large and small. He then outlines steps needed to gain control of a software operation and transform it into a professional, engineering function.
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.
Table of Contents
1. Every Business Is a Software Business.
2. Why Projects Fail.
3. Rational Management.
4. Why Quality Pays.
5. Leadership Goals.
6. Changing Engineering Behavior.
7. Building Motivated Teams.
8. The Benefits of Teamwork.
9. Next Steps.
Appendix A. The TSP Process.
Appendix B. Launching a TSP Project.
Appendix C. Reviewing a Project Plan.
Appendix D. The Quarterly Project Review.
Appendix E. The Standard-Stage Review.
Appendix F. Return on Investment
For Additional Information. 0201776391T09142001
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