From the Back Cover
Can you deliver 90% of your software on time, within budget, and fully meet the user's real requirements? Would you like to? Best-selling author Steve McConnell provides a compelling argument for turning software success into an everyday habit by advancing the software profession itself—at the individual, organizational, and industry levels. Expanding on the contents of his previous book After the Gold Rush, the author dispels common myths of software development.
If you are a programmer, software developer, engineer, or work in software development, you should READ THIS BOOK.
Why do so many companies use outdated and ineffective software development practices? See page 103
What is "cargo cult" software development, and who uses it? See page 23
How large is the return on investment for better software practices? Can you prove it? See page 115
How do you create career paths for software professionals? See page 143
Which affects projects more--good personnel or good process? See page 135
How much difference is there between the worst software companies and the best? See page xv
About the Author
Steve McConnell is CEO and chief software engineer at Construx Software, where he oversees their software engineering practices, teaches classes, and writes books and articles. Steve is the author of the computing industry classics Code Complete and Rapid Development, both winners of Software Development magazine's Jolt award for outstanding software development books for their respective years. He is also the author of Software Project Survival Guide and numerous technical articles. Steve was editor-in-chief of IEEE Software magazine from 1998 to 2002. 0321193679AB06052003