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Managing the Software Process [Hardcover]

by Watts S. Humphrey
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January 11, 1989 0201180952 978-0201180954
The author, drawing on years of experience at IBM and the SEI, provides here practical guidance for improving the software development and maintenance process. He focuses on understanding and managing the software process because this is where he feels organizations now encounter the most serious problems, and where he feels there is the best opportunity for significant improvement. Both program managers and practicing programmers, whether working on small programs or large-scale projects, will learn how good their own software process is, how they can make their process better, and where they need to begin. "This book will help you move beyond the turning point, or crisis, of feeling over-whelmed by the task of managing the software process to understanding what is essential in software management and what you can do about it." Peter Freeman, from the Foreword 0201180952B04062001

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The author, drawing on years of experience at IBM and the SEI, provides here practical guidance for improving the software development and maintenance process. He focuses on understanding and managing the software process because this is where he feels organizations now encounter the most serious problems, and where he feels there is the best opportunity for significant improvement. Both program managers and practicing programmers, whether working on small programs or large-scale projects, will learn how good their own software process is, how they can make their process better, and where they need to begin.

"This book will help you move beyond the turning point, or crisis, of feeling over-whelmed by the task of managing the software process to understanding what is essential in software management and what you can do about it." Peter Freeman, from the Foreword


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About the Author

Known as “the father of software quality,” Watts S. Humphrey is the author of numerous influential books on the software-development process and software process improvement. Humphrey is a fellow of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University, where he founded the Software Process Program and provided the vision and early leadership for the original Capability Maturity Model (CMM). He also is the creator of the Personal Software Process (PSP) and Team Software Process (TSP). Recently, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology—the highest honor given by the president of the United States to America's leading innovators.




Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional (January 11, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201180952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201180954
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This was Watts Humphries book which inspired others at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) to develop a model called the Capability Maturity Model for Software. The book attempts to debunk the fantasies of modern software development, such as "Superprogrammers" and "Best People." What is offered instead is a common sense approach which says that you can develop software using realistic schedules and have realistic expectations of quality if you follow common sense processes (roadmaps) for project management and quality.
There is not much mystery or razzle-dazzle in this book. I think that most of the programmers and managers who read it are usually nodding their heads in agreement with most of the ideas. Problem for us process war horses is that we lose track of what is the bottom line in software development - having a successful project. Definition: A reliable plan, on-time delivery, within the originally stated cost, and within or exceeding the requirements for quality.
The book does not have the acronym CMM in the title, but Humphries describes the maturity levels of a software engineering in the same context of the levels of software process maturity: Initial, Repeatable, Defined, Managed and Optimized. His approach is to look at the main features of each level, such as Project Plan, Software Configuration Management and Software Quality Assurance as part of the Repeatable Process.
I recommend that anyone interested in software process improvement read this book and internalize it before moving into the CMM for Software because it sets the background philosophy for the CMM. Ther are many errors which people make in trying to implement the CMM, such as compartmentalizing the maturity levels and Key Process Areas. If "Managing the Software Process" is read and understood in its entirety first, some of the mistakes may be avoided.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars true meat and bones July 14, 2003
Format:Hardcover
This book is all meat and bones for anybody wanting an indepth study of the software development process. If you've graduated passed Steve McConnell's Microsoft press series, then it is time for you to move on to Watts Humphrey. I am tasked to design all the software development processes in my company and Rapid Development (and other McConnell) books only helped me in the initially phases of designing the process. When it comes to nitty gritty details, Humphrey nailed it.
The book is full of sample forms and checklists for the processes you need to put in place. Processes are broken down into generic but specific terms so that it is easily applied/tailored to your company. I was having problems with expressing the interleaving nature of the sets of processes in configuration management (version control, code review, QA, build management, ...). Humphrey's book somehow was able to express that (in other terminologies of course).
Definite must buy for anyone who is part of an SEPG or Project Manager for software development.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic September 26, 2000
By JB
Format:Hardcover
This is a classic book that every software developer and manager should read. It explains the concepts behind the five levels of CMM. I know that might sound boring, but the author does a good job of keeping the book reasonably interesting. Most of what you read will sound like common sense, but in practice many companies do not use a lot of common sense when it comes to software development. So this book can serve as a guide to help software development organizations set realistic goals for process improvement.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A crucial book in the field of software engineering January 26, 2001
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This book is crucial to a thorough understanding of software engineering principles. Watts Humphrey is one of the most important forces in the field, and this book is vital to anyone wishing to understand the intricacies of managing a large software development project. Be aware that this book is not easy reading. I would only recommend it for academics, or for the serious practitioner.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
In this very useful and stylishly written book Watts S Humphrey, provides practical guidelines for improving the software development and maintenance process. He draws heavily on his experiences at IBM and SEI and focuses on understanding and managing the software process, which according to him is most important and where an organization will face serious problems and where according to him is the best opportunity for significant improvement. He shows how to develop an efficient and effective and most importantly highly successful software process.
By reading this book project Managers, Team Leaders and practicing programmers and analysts will learn how good their own software process is and how they can make their process better, how to do that and where to begin.
As Peter Freeman has written in the foreword this book " ... will help you move beyond the turning point, or crisis, of feeling overwhelmed by the task of managing the software process to understanding what is essential in software management and what you can do about it."
A must read for all software professionals who want design, develop and implement successful software processes in their organizations. A life saver for project leaders and managers whose projects are headed towards diaster. An essential read for students of software engineering.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fundamental Reading for Software Process July 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I use this book every day to teach software process at my company. It is a practical and thought-provoking book for software process management. This book should be used as a basic jumping off point, a fundamental look into some very deep areas of content. Expecting more than that is ridiculous, considering its size.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated and fundamentally strong.
I'll leave my original review at the bottom because I honestly think when you're wrong you need to own up to it. My original assessment of the book was plain wrong. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sean R. Mclean
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gold Standard
Although I had more than a dozen years of electro-mechanical engineering management experience when I read this book several years ago, I realized I needed help on the software... Read more
Published on June 18, 2011 by DDIP
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated, but still useful
This book is the basis for the SEI's Capability Maturity Model (CMM, not CMMI). Although the CMM is now retired, and the information in this book may be a little "tired," it is... Read more
Published on December 31, 2006 by Corey Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best of the best
Read books by McConnell, Gilb and Brooks first.

This is a classic Humphrey book, valuable information that is hard to follow. Read more
Published on August 23, 2005 by Eddy Parkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sw Eng Process Improvement Classic
This book should be read by any serious software manager, practitioner or anyone interested in advancing the state of practice in software engineering. Read more
Published on July 28, 2005 by Carlos Mendez Cali
5.0 out of 5 stars A Practical "how-to" and "what questions to ask".
If you wish to improve the Quality of your software development, this book is worth reading, studying, and questioning. Read more
Published on August 9, 1999 by Ronald L. Henderson
1.0 out of 5 stars Devoid of sense
It's amazing that Humphrey can be so popular, given his ineptitude at forming coherent arguments for his positions.
This book is filled with unjustified, unreasoned dogma. Read more
Published on February 18, 1999
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