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Quality Software Management: Congruent Action v. 3: Vol 3: Congruent Action Hardcover – 10 Jan 1995

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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (10 Jan. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932633285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932633286
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 17.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,655,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Hardcover
I find a lot of books on management have, at best, one idea stretched out like taffy across hundreds more pages than necessary. Weinberg is pretty much the polar opposite to this.

In particular, congruence is an amazingly powerful concept in management and strategy work. I'm surprised that it's not more commonly used.

This book is one that I repeatedly refer to over time, and I recommend it to any manager (or anyone otherwise in a position to influence organisational culture) who is interested in improving process, culture and project quality.

It's part of a series and you will get the best out of it you start from Vol 1 ("Systems Thinking") and work forwards.
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After reading this book, I asked within my company who knew this book (or author)......silence.....I guess the all stopped reading after their PRINCE2 foundation exam.

This book will give you insight in which software culture pattern your organization is. Don't worry, Weinberg also writes how you can grow to more mature patterns. He gives a great tool: the Slipchart. Only this chapter alone is worth buying the book. You will not be dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An incredibly useful book 31 Mar. 2000
By Stuart M Scott - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book focuses focuses on an issue of huge importance to software managers: how to respond appropriately to people (clients, bosses, team members) in difficult, emotionally charged situations. Weinberg uses simple but effective models to explain human behavior, and examples from the software engineering industry to put these models in contexts familiar to software developers. I first read this book several years ago, and as a professional facilitator had immediate opportunities to evaluate my own ability to behave congruently under stress. I quickly found that Weinberg's models helped me to understand and deal with conflicts more and more effectively. Today I use the insights gained from this book every day in my work with software development teams, clients, employees, and my own family. As Weinberg has pointed out, one of the main questions in software engineering (and perhaps in life) is Why do people so often do things wrong when they know how to do them right? As this book shows, to do the right thing often requires that in a moment a conflict or confrontation you behave congruently with all points of view, with the needs and fears and personalities of all parties to the issue. The insights, examples, and tools Weinberg provides here can help you become vastly more effective in working with others. I strongly recommend this book, and the rest of the Quality Software Management set, to people who lead software projects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars real insights about software development process 20 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book give good insights about the use of dynamic modelling applicated to the software development process. Great to understand the real meaning of non linearity of human based processes and great to highlight how some easy macro indicator can give info about your sw development process. The book's contribution to the sw development process is of the same type of Senge's Fifth Discipline for general management
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is this the best book on Quality software management? 22 Mar. 2012
By Troy Troyus - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Since I haven't read them all, I don't know, but I sure wouldn't be surprised. Anyone interested in moving into management in a software organization should read it at least once.
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