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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Yourdon Press (January 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0917072324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0917072321
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,574,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom DeMarco is the author of thirteen books, including novels, business books and a collection of short stories. He began his career as a software engineer at Bell Telephone Laboratories, working on what was then the world's largest computer. His focus began early to turn toward writing, with stops along the way in organizational design, litigation consulting, foreign affairs, and even a stint teaching undergraduate Ethics at the University of Maine. He lives with his wife, Sally Smyth, in the village of Camden on the coast of Maine.

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This is an old book. I first read it in 1983. It gave me a lot of useful insights and to this day I still show people select portions. It's about custom software development not COTS configuration and customization. It was written before object oriented design and agile development. However, I think there are many lessons from that era that "modern" developers need to learn. I think the discussion of the flaws in project estimating (chapter 2) is as relevant now as it was in 1983. The idea of professional estimators still makes sense and I've seen as many cost overruns and schedule slips in COTS ERP implementations as I've seen in custom software and for the same reasons. There are some excellent books on software metrics, I've got 4 or 5 on my book shelf, but chapter 7 of this book is still a useful introduction. Chapter 8 is based on structured methods but it resonates strongly with the Zachman Framework that is widely popular today. The middle of the book is out of date, but still interesting and there are some lessons that apply to the OO world. I believe the section on software quality (chapters 19-21) is as relevant today as when it was written. The isn't the first book on this subject you should read, but it is likely to give you a new and useful perspective on some important issues.
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By Carlton E. Nettleton on September 20, 2012
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This book might have been good when it was published in the 80's, but it is unreadable in the 21st century. Most of what is described in this book has been discredited. IMO, this is not one of DeMarco's best books. I only read it for historical context.
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