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Impact Mapping: Making a big impact with software products and projects
Impact Mapping: Making a big impact with software products and projects
Price: £7.42

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impact Mapping: a tool for deriving project scope from goals that I'm very keen to try, 19 Nov. 2012
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This intentionally short book serves as a great introduction to the tool of Impact Mapping and also the principles and ideas behind it. I read the e-book version and have to say it was presented beautifully. The presentation, coupled with the brevity of the book should hopefully help to disseminate the ideas within.

Impact Mapping is a tool that is intended to help organisations to utilise 'Agile' principles throughout software development organisations rather than localising these changes within Tech Departments. It is intended to help clarify thinking in such a way as to allow organisations to derive project scope from their goals.

I've yet to try the technique of Impact Mapping but I have been persuaded by the argument for deriving product design and features from the desired effects and impacts that a software development organisation wants to have, rather than (as I am more used to seeing) from a set of desired features or features derived from perceived user needs.
The change in thinking required to use Impact Mapping, or any other tool with similar intentions, must in my opinion require many decision-makers to reach the conclusion to work in this way. As a lone voice in a crowd, seeking change, I suspect I require my boss and my boss' boss to consider these ideas.

Which leaves me with the troubling question, how do I encourage others to read it?

History of Western Philosophy
History of Western Philosophy
by Bertrand Russell
Edition: Paperback

19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Agenda?, 5 Jan. 2003
Whilst posing as an objective history of Philosophy, I suspect that this book was written in order to support a hidden agenda on the part of the author, and as such should be treated as a philosphical work, rather than the history it purports to be.
When reading one should remember than Russell is defending his own philosophical viewpoint rather than illuminating the philosophy of others.
At the time of writing the Logical viewpoint of Russell was beginning to run into the problems that would eventually consign it to history, and as such he totally (delibrately?) ignores the contribution of Wittgenstein and the deathblow that Godel had delivered to notions of putting mathematics on a secure logical basis.
Russell seems to write a story that builds to a climax, the Logical school of philosophy, conveniently ignoring contemporary schools like phenomenology, and the emerging existentialism.
Some philosophers come in for particularly harsh criticism, with suggestions that their ideas lead to totalitarianism, thereby trying to suggest that liberal democracy could only hold any stock with Empiralism, and logic. He seems to deliberately bad mouth anyone whose view of truth is anything but objective and solid, so as to strengthen his opinion. His critique of Nietzsche is particular poor, he misquotes him, and twists Nietzches ideas so as to make them sound like they are something they could only be by deliberate misreading, i.e propaganda for the Nazi party. Often Russell spends a chapter rejecting the ideas of a philosopher without really expounding them.
In conclusion this book makes a excellent introduction to the ideas of philosophy for the layman, but anyone with a serious interest in philosophy should put this book into context and draw their own conclusions on the work Russell discusses. And everyone should bear in mind that Russell was a philosopher with his own philosophical viewpoint in mind, over that of others.

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