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Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules [Paperback]

Steve C. McConnell
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12 July 1996 1556159005 978-1556159008 1

Corporate and commercial software-development teams all want solutions for one important problem—how to get their high-pressure development schedules under control. In RAPID DEVELOPMENT, author Steve McConnell addresses that concern head-on with overall strategies, specific best practices, and valuable tips that help shrink and control development schedules and keep projects moving. Inside, you’ll find:

  • A rapid-development strategy that can be applied to any project and the best practices to make that strategy work
  • Candid discussions of great and not-so-great rapid-development practices—estimation, prototyping, forced overtime, motivation, teamwork, rapid-development languages, risk management, and many others
  • A list of classic mistakes to avoid for rapid-development projects, including creeping requirements, shortchanged quality, and silver-bullet syndrome
  • Case studies that vividly illustrate what can go wrong, what can go right, and how to tell which direction your project is going
  • RAPID DEVELOPMENT is the real-world guide to more efficient applications development.


Product details

  • Paperback: 674 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (12 July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556159005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556159008
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.4 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The real-world guide to more efficient application development from the author of Code Complete.

Who is this book for?

People who are paying for development of software products and who want to reduce the development schedules and therefore the amount they have to pay to have a product developed Project managers who want to reduce the development time of their applications. Technical leads who have been asked to reduce the development time of their applications. Programmers in general who want to stay current in development techniques. Readers of Code Complete who would like to read the next book by the same author.

About the Author

Steve McConnell is recognized as one of the premier authors and voices in the development community. He is Chief Software Engineer of Construx Software and was the lead developer of Construx Estimate and of SPC Estimate Professional, winner of Software Development magazine's Productivity Award. He is the author of several books, including Code Complete and Rapid Development, both honored with Software Development magazine's Jolt Award.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RAPID DEVELOPMENT: The project manager's Bible 31 Dec 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I work for an Internet software development company, and I have made this book required reading for every project manager and technical lead in our company. McConnell's combination of conceptual knowledge, supported by hard facts, is a rare thing in software development "how-tos."
The best-practices section at the back of the book is an invaluable reference. His "bad" case studies depressed me sometimes -- mainly because they were too close to my own projects -- but the "good" ones have become the scripts for my presentations to clients. He has a way of capturing the essence of the atmosphere in a development shop, so the case studies feel as if they took place in your own office.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone whose job is managing the development process, whether that be in a technical lead or a project management position. Maybe if more people read this book and follow its guidelines, we could all stop working weekends.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise, and readable. A must have. 8 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is a constant source of reference. It is structured in a way that finding the areas relevant to your current needs is simple and the presentation is understandable. None of your jargon here. A must have for anybody that is responsible for managing the development of software.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un-putdownable 20 May 2005
Format:Paperback
Quite simply the most well-written and factual book on software development I have ever had the good fortune to read.
You can tell that Steve has been around the block. What is scary is that his point-proving case-studies can seem a little far-fetched, until you realise that they are not and it's because your company can be guilty of all the Classic Mistakes.
If you are a Team/Technical Lead, you MUST read this book. It is worth paying twice the cost.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Software Manager's Bible 17 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
First online review I have felt compelled to give (I'm not the only one either).
Simply the best book on software development I have ever come across. Unlike most books of this type, everything is backed up by references to other literature and research studies.
Amazingly, this book was given to me by my manager (within a software company) because he said it wasn't really his thing and that he was unlikely to ever dip into it again. Unsurprisingly, the project he was in charge of collapsed and the development team was made redundant a few weeks later. Seriously!
I'm off to order the author's other books now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of the best books on systems development that I have ever read. Well written, obviously based on years of real project experience and full of case study examples. Anybody who has been involved in information systems development will recognise the situations described in the examples. If you are using the RAD method DSDM you will find this book extremely useful - it has far more depth than the DSDM manual. Don't be misled by the title - the book is relevant to all projects not just RAD. My conclusion after reading the book - when will we finally learn to follow a professional approach to systems development ?
Steve McIntosh MorningStar Information Systems St Ives, Cornwall, UK Business Driven Internet Solutions
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have book on your desktop 3 Dec 2005
Format:Paperback
I'm in the position of Technical Asset Manager in a computer company and in charge for establishing standard and working rules: this book gave me a great help and support. It contains a lot of ideas and hands-on tips you can immediately try on the field.
There are many case histories that I found in my former professional experiences.
Moreover the last section, named Best Practise, is a practical reference guide.
I really recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
There are not many books that you can open at any page, at any time, and say 'Ain't it the Truth'. This is a pragmatic and practical bible about the problems, pitfalls and 'classic mistakes' of project management, coupled with recommendations and 'best practices' for every style of project.
I have used this book as a University textbook, and every mature aged student with development experience made the same comments; basically 'Ain't it the Truth'. One said 'When I read the chapter on 'classic mistakes' I cringed; How many of those classic mistakes have I made?'.
Why did I adopt this as a textbook? Because a project manager said 'Look at this book. We have 6 copies in our office, and everyone reads it'. What better recommendation for a text book for learning programmers and analysts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Thi is a fantastic book - very familiar to all those who have been there. It's a fairly thick book, but the text is consise, relevant and well backed up with hard data. This book contains everything I learnt in years as a software consultant and more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading
Steve's "Code Complete" was my guide to coding and development best practice a when I was an IT auditor. However it obviously didn't address issues and hype around Agile. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. C. J. E. Finister
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok. Useful
It's bigger than I though but very useful. It was used but ok. Very proud of the buying. Thank yoy
Published 20 months ago by Luis
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
When i first got this there is a Microsoft logo on the side, which made me wary. Ready about a quarter of it and I am impressed, most of the usual project problems are described... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2012 by Chrism
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
Stop Coding, Buy it, Read it.
You'll get you project finished faster that way
More than any others in the series, this is a book of concrete solutions to readily... Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2000 by Andy Dingley
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't leave home without it!
Whether you're thing is taming wild projects, or just "normal" project management issues, this is a book you shouldn't leave home without. Easily rated 5 crowns. Read more
Published on 12 Nov 1999 by martin.slowey@techmanagers.com
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner
I have suggested this book to my brother in law, who creates new soda flavors, and to a friend, who owns a woodwork shop. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to rate this book 6 stars
I had never write any review to other books before. But I have to write sth for this. It is really a book can be rate as 6 stars.
Published on 4 Jun 1999
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