Quality Software Management, Volume 1: Systems Thinking, Paperback Edition

Quality Software Management, Volume 1: Systems Thinking, Paperback Edition

Author: Gerald M. Weinberg

Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated

Published: 2011-02-01

Total Pages: 318

ISBN-13: 9780932633729

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High-quality software demands high-quality management. That's the subject of Quality Software Management, a four-volume series that has grown out of acclaimed author Gerald M. Weinberg's forty-year love affair with computers. In Volume 1, Systems Thinking, the author tackles the first requirement for developing quality software: learning to think correctly—about problems, solutions, and quality itself. He also sets out guidelines that stimulate the kind of thinking needed. "Act early, act small" is key to staying in control of the software process. Managers need to serve as both planners and catalysts within the organization: to continually plan what to do, observe what happens, and then act decisively to bring the actual closer to the planned. Numerous examples illustrate "control points," areas that can be managed to prevent a crisis or to keep one from getting worse. Topics include: * understanding quality * pressure and breakdowns * software cultures * patterns of quality * patterns of management * feedback effects * the size/complexity dynamic in software engineering * detecting failures and reacting to them * fault resolution dynamics * the role of customers. Useful diagrams, references, exercises, and a bibliography augment the text.


Productive Objects

Productive Objects

Author: Robert J. Muller

Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann

Published: 1997-08

Total Pages: 740

ISBN-13: 9781558604377

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Introduces, in simple text and photographs, the characteristics of some of the animals and plants that can be found in the forest. Includes a chipmunk, box turtle, fern, bull moose, moth, ermine, and white birch.


Improving Software Development Productivity

Improving Software Development Productivity

Author: Randall W. Jensen

Publisher: Pearson Education

Published: 2014-03-10

Total Pages: 368

ISBN-13: 0133562670

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In Improving Software Development Productivity, legendary software engineering expert Dr. Randall Jensen introduces a proven quantitative approach to achieving high productivity through management support, the ability to communicate, and technology. Jensen demonstrates how to measure organizational capacity and productivity, and use that information to build more accurate estimates and schedules -- and, more broadly, to improve many facets of developer and team performance. Students will learn to quantitatively predict the productivity impact of management decisions related to personnel and management style, development environment, product constraints, technology, development systems, and more.


Creating a Software Engineering Culture

Creating a Software Engineering Culture

Author: Karl E. Wiegers

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

Published: 2013-07-15

Total Pages: 579

ISBN-13: 0133489299

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This is the digital version of the printed book (Copyright © 1996). Written in a remarkably clear style, Creating a Software Engineering Culture presents a comprehensive approach to improving the quality and effectiveness of the software development process. In twenty chapters spread over six parts, Wiegers promotes the tactical changes required to support process improvement and high-quality software development. Throughout the text, Wiegers identifies scores of culture builders and culture killers, and he offers a wealth of references to resources for the software engineer, including seminars, conferences, publications, videos, and on-line information. With case studies on process improvement and software metrics programs and an entire part on action planning (called “What to Do on Monday”), this practical book guides the reader in applying the concepts to real life. Topics include software culture concepts, team behaviors, the five dimensions of a software project, recognizing achievements, optimizing customer involvement, the project champion model, tools for sharing the vision, requirements traceability matrices, the capability maturity model, action planning, testing, inspections, metrics-based project estimation, the cost of quality, and much more! Principles from Part 1 Never let your boss or your customer talk you into doing a bad job. People need to feel the work they do is appreciated. Ongoing education is every team member’s responsibility. Customer involvement is the most critical factor in software quality. Your greatest challenge is sharing the vision of the final product with the customer. Continual improvement of your software development process is both possible and essential. Written software development procedures can help build a shared culture of best practices. Quality is the top priority; long-term productivity is a natural consequence of high quality. Strive to have a peer, rather than a customer, find a defect. A key to software quality is to iterate many times on all development steps except coding: Do this once. Managing bug reports and change requests is essential to controlling quality and maintenance. If you measure what you do, you can learn to do it better. You can’t change everything at once. Identify those changes that will yield the greatest benefits, and begin to implement them next Monday. Do what makes sense; don’t resort to dogma.


The Software Project Manager's Handbook

The Software Project Manager's Handbook

Author: Dwayne Phillips

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Published: 2004-07-01

Total Pages: 504

ISBN-13: 9780471674207

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Software project managers and their team members work individually towards a common goal. This book guides both, emphasizing basic principles that work at work. Software at work should be pleasant and productive, not just one or the other. This book emphasizes software project management at work. The author's unique approach concentrates on the concept that success on software projects has more to do with how people think individually and in groups than with programming. He summarizes past successful projects and why others failed. Visibility and communication are more important than SQL and C. The book discusses the technical and people aspects of software and how they relate to one another. The first part of the text discusses four themes: (1) people, process, product, (2) visibility, (3) configuration management, and (4) IEEE Standards. These themes stress thinking, organization, using what others have built, and people. The second part describes the software management principles of process, planning, and risk management. Part three discusses software engineering principles, the technical aspects of software projects. The fourth part examines software practices giving practical meaning to the individual topics covered in the preceding chapters. The final part of this book continues these practical aspects by illustrating a sample project through seven distinctive documents.


Adaptive Software Development

Adaptive Software Development

Author: Jim Highsmith

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

Published: 2013-07-15

Total Pages: 393

ISBN-13: 0133489485

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This is the digital version of the printed book (Copyright © 2000). Winner of the 2001 Software Development Jolt Product Excellence Award This innovative text offers a practical, realistic approach to managing high-speed, high-change software development projects. Consultant James A. Highsmith shows readers how to increase collaboration and adapt to uncertainty. Many organizations start high-speed, high-change projects without knowing how to do them–and even worse, without knowing they don’t know. Successful completion of these projects is often at the expense of the project team. Adaptive Software Development emphasizes an adaptive, collaborative approach to software development. The concepts allow developers to “scale-up” rapid application development and extreme programming approaches for use on larger, more complex projects. The four goals of the book are to support an adaptive culture or mindset, in which change and uncertainty are assumed to be the natural state–not a false expectation of order introduce frameworks to guide the iterative process of managing change institute collaboration, the interaction of people on three levels: interpersonal, cultural, and structural add rigor and discipline to the RAD approach, making it scalable to the uncertainty and complexity of real-life undertakings


Software Project Management

Software Project Management

Author: Lawrence J. Peters

Publisher: CRC Press

Published: 2024-06-14

Total Pages: 245

ISBN-13: 104003523X

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The management of a software project has been shown to be the number one factor in determining a software development project’s success. It has been found that most software projects fail because of poor management. Not surprisingly, most software development managers have not been trained in project management. Software Project Management: Methods and Techniques aims to remedy this situation in two ways: familiarizing software developers with the elements of the project management discipline and providing fact-based resources on practicing software project management. Much like the checklist pilots go through prior to a flight, this book provides a pre-project checklist which enables the software engineering team to review and evaluate an extensive set of technical and sociopolitical risks which will help the software project manager and the team determine the project team’s chances of success. This same list and the individual question responses can be used later as part of the project’s closeout process helping team members to improve their individual and collective abilities to assess risk. Intended for both students and software project managers, the book is organized along the lines of the five major functions of a software project manager: planning; scheduling and costing; controlling; staffing; and motivating. The basics of each of these functions are presented in a single chapter. These are followed by a series of narrow topic presentations in the form of appendices that are intended to help solve specific problems that may occur during the conduct of a software project. As in the main portion of the text, the appendices include references that provide an avenue into further detail on the topic. Designed to promote project success, this approach has been taken because software projects are each unique undertakings such that providing a "one size fits all" approach will fail most of the time.


Rapid Development

Rapid Development

Author: Steve McConnell

Publisher: Pearson Education

Published: 1996

Total Pages: 672

ISBN-13: 1556159005

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Project managers, technical leads, and Windows programmers throughout the industry share an important concern--how to get their development schedules under control. Rapid Development addresses that concern head-on with philosophy, techniques, and tools that help shrink and control development schedules and keep projects moving. The style is friendly and conversational--and the content is impressive.


Lessons Learned in Software Testing

Lessons Learned in Software Testing

Author: Cem Kaner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Published: 2011-08-02

Total Pages: 326

ISBN-13: 1118080556

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Softwaretests stellen eine kritische Phase in der Softwareentwicklung dar. Jetzt zeigt sich, ob das Programm die entsprechenden Anforderungen erfüllt und sich auch keine Programmierungsfehler eingeschlichen haben. Doch wie bei allen Phasen im Software-Entwicklungsprozess gibt es auch hier eine Reihe möglicher Fallstricke, die die Entdeckung von Programmfehlern vereiteln können. Deshalb brauchen Softwaretester ein Handbuch, das alle Tipps, Tricks und die häufigsten Fehlerquellen genau auflistet und erläutert, damit mögliche Testfehler von vornherein vermieden werden können. Ein solches Handbuch ersetzt gut und gerne jahr(zehnt)elange Erfahrung und erspart dem Tester frustrierende und langwierige Trial-und-Error-Prozeduren. Chem Kaner und James Bach sind zwei der international führenden Experten auf dem Gebiet des Software Testing. Sie schöpfen hier aus ihrer insgesamt 30-jährigen Erfahrung. Die einzelnen Lektionen sind nach Themenbereichen gegliedert, wie z.B. Testdesign, Test Management, Teststrategien und Fehleranalyse. Jede Lektion enthält eine Behauptung und eine Erklärung sowie ein Beispiel des entsprechenden Testproblems. "Lessons Learned in Software Testing" ist ein unverzichtbarer Begleiter für jeden Software Tester.


Flexible Software Design

Flexible Software Design

Author: Bruce Johnson

Publisher: CRC Press

Published: 2005-06-17

Total Pages: 464

ISBN-13: 1420031333

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A developer's knowledge of a computing system's requirements is necessarily imperfect because organizations change. Many requirements lie in the future and are unknowable at the time the system is designed and built. To avoid burdensome maintenance costs developers must therefore rely on a system's ability to change gracefully-its flexibility. Flex