Debugging the Development Process Paperback – 1 Sep 1994
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A real danger of this book is that the examples can be taken to mean exactly the opposite of what the author intends. For example, it would be easy to read the author's objection to *needless* process work as an objection to process work of all kinds.
I would, however, contrast it with another work which I believe to be equally important though radically different- "The Mythical Man Month". Where Maguire writes as a seasoned guru with an arm around your shoulder, Brooks writes like an evangelist and discusses software development on an almost religous plane. "The Mythical Man Month" also approaches the subject in a broader, more philosophical sense. In the end, I feel that I've gotten more out of each of these books having read the other. While contrasting in terms of eras (mainframe vs pc) and environments (short-sleeve button-down IBM vs hacky-sack Microsoft), it's interesting to note how many conclusions are shared between these works.
Bottom-line: read this book, you'll love it :)
It's probably way out of date in terms of technology these days. But if you can read past that, read into it the general ideas and approaches, there is a wealthy of experience.
leading development teams. He uses humor and real-world
examples to convey valuable information on how to run teams
effectively. Includes a highly principled view of the manager's
responsibility to the whole organization not just his/her teams.
Above all, it is valuable not just for product leads, but for
anyone who manages (or would like to learn to manage)in an
industry where deadlines, quality, and customer desires
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I recommend this book to anyone managing (or thinking of managing) a development team. It contains practical advice, good examples, and a real world feel for how developers work... Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 1998
This book is distilled experience. Common sense, easy to apply advice that can make your work (and your life) blossom. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 1998
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