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5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time, 28 May 1999
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This review is from: Process Patterns: Building Large-Scale Systems Using Object Technology (SIGS: Managing Object Technology) (Hardcover)
I was really impressed with this book, and it's follow-up, More Process Patterns. It's about time someone described a software process that can be used by actual development teams, likely because it is written based on the author's real-world experiences. He tackles all the issues of software development, not just the cool ones such as modelling and programming that everyone else appears to focus on. The fact that he has shown how "boring" topics such as quality assurance, risk management, reuse, and people management fit into the picture throughout the entire software process makes the book worthwhile for any project manager. The programmers that I've shared the book with have gotten a lot out of it, in fact one was even amazed at how complex software development actually is. A true eye opener. There is something in this book for everyone.
I think readers will benefit most from the general philosophies that pervade the book, such as testing early and often, letting requirements drive modeling which drives programming (i.e. think first, then act), taking maintenance and support into consideration, and actually doing the work necessary to obtain high levels of reuse. I highly suggest this book to anyone involved in the development of software. Although the book is large, 550 pages, it is an easy read. Another good thing about it is that it's size and content make it a good book to beat your pointy-haired managers over the head with when they do something stupid like set an unrealistic schedule for your team.
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