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Great Software Debates : Practitioners - Alan M. Davis

Great Software Debates


Hardcover Published: 8th October 2004
ISBN: 9780471675235
Number Of Pages: 288

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The industry&#8217;s most outspoken and insightful critic explains how the software industry REALLY works. <p> In Great Software Debates, Al Davis, shares what he has learned about the difference between the theory and the realities of business and encourages you to question and think about software engineering in ways that will help you succeed where others fail. <p> In short, provocative essays, Davis fearlessly reveals the truth about process improvement, productivity, software quality, metrics, agile development, requirements documentation, modeling, software marketing and sales, empiricism, start-up financing, software research, requirements triage, software estimation, and entrepreneurship. He will get you thinking about: <ul> <li>The danger of following trends and becoming a &#8216;software lemming&#8217; <li>Is software development art or engineering? <li>How to survive management mistakes <li>The bizarre world of software estimation <li>How to succeed as software entrepreneur <li>How to resolve incompatible schedules and requirements </ul> <p> If you are in the software industry and do not know which way to turn, Great Software Debates provides valuable and insightful advice. Whether you are a software developer, software manager, software executive, entrepreneur, requirements writer, architect, designer, or tester, you will find no shortage of sound, palatable advice.

Industry Reviews

"'Great Software Debates' is a gift of Alan Davis' experience, insight, wisdom, and humor. The essays' value is greatly increased by being collected in one place." (IEEE Software, November/December 2006)

..".hardly a week has gone by that I have not referenced it or recommended it to co-workers and friends...a concentrated treasure of suggestions, explanations, and principles." (Ubiquity, October 19, 2005)

..".expect[s] that the reader will think about and react to the content in some substantive way." (Software Quality Professional, March 2005)

"This book deserves a place on any software engineer's bookshelf...it will make you keep your brain in gear, an essential quality for software engineers..." (Computing Reviews.com, March 11, 2005)

"The author shares what he has learned about the difference between business theory and reality, encouraging readers to think about software engineering in ways that will help them succeed where others fail." (Computer Magazine, November 2004)

Prefacep. xi
About the Authorp. xv
The Software Industryp. 1
Software Lemmingsp. 3
Recovering from Method Abusep. 11
Tomorrow's Blacksmithsp. 15
On Software Development Strategies, Politics, and Religionp. 17
Art or Engineering, One More Timep. 27
Why Build Software?p. 31
It Feels Like Deja Vu All Over Againp. 35
Eras of Software Engineering Technology Transferp. 37
Fifteen Principles of Software Engineeringp. 41
Thoughts on Software Estimationp. 49
Managementp. 63
Trial By Firing: Saga of a Rookie Managerp. 65
Can You Survive Your Management Mistakes?p. 69
Should He Stay or Should He Go? Advice for a Beleaguered Managerp. 73
The Software Company Machinep. 77
The Rise and Fall of a Software Startupp. 81
Anatomy of a Software Startupp. 99
Information for Decision Makersp. 107
Some Tips for the Would-Be Entrepreneurp. 109
Some More Tips for the Would-Be Entrepreneurp. 111
Requirementsp. 113
The Harmony in Rechoirmentsp. 115
System Phenotypesp. 119
The Missing Piece of Software Developmentp. 125
Object-Oriented Analysis to Object-Oriented Design: An Easy Transition?p. 129
Achieving Quality in Software Requirementsp. 143
Requirements Management Made Easyp. 155
Elicitation: How Do the Experts Do It?p. 163
Requirements Are But a Snapshot in Timep. 179
Software Research and Academep. 185
Between Scylla and Charybdisp. 187
Why Industry Often Says 'No Thanks' to Researchp. 191
Requirements Researchers: Do We Practice What We Preach?p. 199
From Wonderland to the Real Problemp. 207
Practitioner, Heal Thyselfp. 215
Life and Softwarep. 219
Words of Wisdomp. 221
More Words of Wisdomp. 225
Product Not Process: A Parablep. 229
Making a Mark on the Worldp. 235
Rewards of Taking the Path Less Traveledp. 239
Miscellaneous Thoughts on Evolutionp. 245
The Futurep. 249
Indexp. 255
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ISBN: 9780471675235
ISBN-10: 0471675237
Series: Practitioners
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 8th October 2004
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.38 x 15.49  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.6