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  • Paperback: 674 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (12 July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556159005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556159008
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 4.1 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,388 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 By A Customer on 31 Dec. 1997
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 By A Customer on 8 Mar. 2001
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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 By Ac Howle on 20 May 2005
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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 By A Customer on 17 Jun. 2001
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gatti fabio on 3 Dec. 2005
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By steve.mcintosh@mcintosh-net.demon.co.uk on 3 Dec. 1999
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 May 1999
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Mr. McConnell has obviously 'been there, done that' and he has taken it a step farther than most authors - he has a LOT of different approaches to try that depend on what your problems are and conversely, your strengths. I've run projects (many not strictly software development) and the approaches he presents apply to them also. The only thing I would suggest is that you need to remember the title - this is a Rapid Development book. If you have problems in your development cycle - follow his advice and use any one of the variety of methods he presents to gain CONTROL of your operations before you attempt to squeeze the last man-month out of your schedule. A big part of effectively producing software (or other projects for that matter) is avoiding the devastating mistake - everything else is just fine tuning.
A well thought out and presented book. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Dec. 1998
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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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