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Creating a Software Engineering Culture

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ISBN-10: 0932633331
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". . . Karl Wiegers writes using a practical manner that leaves you asking for more." -- Scott Ambler, Software Development

"I give it Four Stars!" -- Tim Lister, Atlantic Systems Guild

"Well written and easy to read, it is filled with information that will definitely help improve your products' quality." -- Sorel Reisman, IEEE Software

About the Author

Karl E. Wiegers is Principal Consultant at Process Impact in Happy Valley, Oregon, a company devoted to software process consulting and education. Previously, he spent 18 years at Eastman Kodak Company as a research scientist, software developer, software manager, and software process and quality improvement leader.

An author of numerous articles and a frequent speaker at conferences and professional society meetings, Wiegers holds a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and enjoys guitar, military history, and motorcycling. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated (October 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932633331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932633330
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,596,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Karl Wiegers is Principal Consultant with Process Impact (www.processimpact.com) in Portland, Oregon. He has provided training and consulting services worldwide on many aspects of software development, management and process improvement. Karl holds a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois. Prior to starting Process Impact in 1997, he spent 18 years at Eastman Kodak Company as a research scientist, software developer, software manager, and software process improvement specialist.

Karl's most recent book is "Software Requirements, 3rd Edition", co-authored with Joy Beatty. This is a major enhancement of the bestselling second edition, which is a standard text for business analysts, requirements engineers, and other practitioners. Previously, he wrote a memoir of life lessons called "Pearls from Sand: How Small Encounters Lead to Powerful Lessons" and several other books on software development and management. Visit www.PearlsFromSand.com to get more information, follow the blog, and submit your own pearls of wisdom to share with the world.

Karl's professional goal is to create books, articles, training materials, templates, and other materials that can help improve the effectiveness of any individual or organization that develops software. You can download many of these items at www.processimpact.com/goodies.shtml. He is the author of eight books and nearly 200 articles on many aspects of software, chemistry, and military history. His training seminars are available as eLearning courses at www.processimpact.com/elearning.shtml.

When not at the keyboard, Karl enjoys reading military history, tasting (okay, drinking) wine, playing guitar, and writing and recording music. Check out his recipes at www.processimpact.com/recipes.shtml and his songs (if you dare) at www.karlwiegers.com/songs.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a great overview of all the elements of a successful software project - from project planning to system design on up to testing and project postmortem. Many of the topics are covered too lightly to allow a practitioner to use all of Wieger's advice right out of the gate. But that's fine - the book is meant to be a handbook of great ideas from which practitioners should choose, study and implement. Pay particular attention to the discussion on determing project drivers and constraints during the project planning phase - an area usually breezed over, with devastating consequences.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The book contains a common-sense approach to software process improvement strategies for most organizations to follow. Wiegers takes the mystique out of the Software Engineering Institute's CMM and offers the CMM as one way of many to accomplish process improvement. He balances technology and process-focus against real-world people issues. Must reading for anyone involved in a Software Engineering Process Group or for senior managers trying to figure out what all this stuff is about. Text is well illustrated by case studies and examples from the author's experience at Kodak
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Karl Wieger's book is exceptional in that is provides you
with ideas to improve the culture of the software
department. It provides culture builders, as well as those
nasty culture killers. It leaves you waiting for Monday
morning to use at least one of the practices you have read.

This is a MUST READ book for all software managers and
practitioners.
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Karl Wiegers is *not* wrong. Everything he says here is cogent and sane, but for 20 years ago. Sadly, this book has not aged well like "Mythical Man Month" or "Pragmatic Programmer".

Other reviews are correct: The style is remarkably clear, and the lessons easy to understand, and--remarkably--supported by data. Wiegers treads the line between conversational and formal easily, and invites you into his world where Software Engineers were professionals, and where such people could say 'No' with the same authority as a Chemist, Electrical Engineer, or Doctor.

What makes this book most interesting is the time capsule it represents: This is before outsourcing, before the Y2k bubble/bust, before Web 2.0 and social media and the like. Indeed, one can almost visualize the timeline where CASE tools, sane methodology, and omnipresent professionalism ruled. Sadly, all these guys from "internal programming groups" got laid off in round after round of IT right-sizing, replaced by workers from low-cost countries, while simultaneously being squeezed out as the web, then mobile became everything. Representative line:

"First and foremost, you must never, ever let anyone convince you to compromise quality." As with all prayers, we must say 'Amen'.

At the end, this is a melancholic dirge for what might have been. Pick-up Pragmatic Programmer instead. It's still relevant, and says much of the same stuff.
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