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Quality Software Management: Anticipating Change v. 4: Vol. 4 : Anticipating Change Hardcover – 28 Feb 1997


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I've always been interested in helping smart people be happy and productive. To that end, I've published books on human behavior, including Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method, The Psychology of Computer Programming, Perfect Software and Other Fallacies, and an Introduction to General Systems Thinking. I've also written books on leadership including Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting (Foreword by Virginia Satir), More Secrets of Consulting, and the nine-volume Quality Software series.


I try to incorporate my knowledge of science, engineering, and human behavior into all of my writing and consulting work (with writers, hi-tech researchers, software engineers, and people whose life-situation could require the use of a service dog). I write novels about such people, including The Aremac Project, Aremac Power, Jigglers, First Stringers, Second Stringers, The Hands of God, Freshman Murders, Earth's Endless Effort, Mistress of Molecules, Where There's a Will There's a Murder, The Death Lottery--all about how my brilliant protagonists produce quality work and learn to be happy. My books may be found linked from my website: geraldmweinberg.com.


I've won many awards for my writing but the "award" I'm most proud of is the book, The Gift of Time (Fiona Charles, ed.) written by my student and readers for my 75th birthday. Their stories make me feel that I've been at least partially successful at helping smart people be happy.
- Gerald M. (Jerry) Weinberg

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Best of the series 20 April 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is the best of the quality software series. Save yourself sometime and start with it and if you find it useful, go back to the previous 3 (I found them best in the following order 2,3,1). The chapter on managing requirements is one of best tools I have ever found for convincing management that we must get a handle on our processes. Be warned however, that none of these books are as readable as "The Secrets of Consulting" or "The Pyschology of Computer Programming." Which I view as Weinberg's best works.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good book on organizational change emphasising SW management 19 May 1998
By Elaine May (elaine_may@hp.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The first half of this book is useful for anyone contemplating changing an organization. The second half is directed specifically at project managers. Not a step-by-step guide, but a lot of good concepts and models. Very thought-provoking. If you wonder why you haven't been able to change your organization, this is well worth reading.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lengthy, but good for managers who want to enable change 22 Dec 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Well, it's for managers who want to enable change *and* have a lot of free time. This book is fairly long for the amount of information in it, and drags on, even if you're a speed reader. Still, there are some great ideas early on about change agents, how they work, and the environment they require to succeed. It's worth reading at least that part of the book, if you're a manager. However, as a technical leader or 'change agent' yourself, there's not much in this book for you.
MUST READ for anyone facilitating change in a software organization 29 Feb 2008
By Lowell Lindstrom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is for those who want to think deeply on how to be a positive change agent for the people around them. I use this material when speaking at conferences and users groups and the response is always incredibly positive. Listeners always want to know more. Software professional suffer from a complete lack of exposure to excellent writings on non-technical topics. This book does a great job helping fill that gap(as do many of Gerry Weinberg's books).
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