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Principles Of Software Engineering Management Paperback – January 11, 1988

ISBN-13: 078-5342192469 ISBN-10: 0201192462 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (January 11, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201192462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201192469
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Arno Schaefer on September 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found this book hard to read. I often had to force myself to read further, although the ideas and principles described are important and should be required knowledge of any software engineer and SE manager (which does not mean that they necessarily apply to all projects).
The book contains endless redundancy and lots of hard to understand details of projects the author has worked on. One chapter even contains excerpts from other books and articles that confirm the author's views - as though the author feared he hadn't been convincing enough (that wasn't the problem).
In summary, the book should have had half the length and that would have still covered the same content. It might be interesting to readers new to the principles of evolutionary delivery, measurable attribte objectives, and inspection.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 1999
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Firstly, don't let the title put you off -this book is relevant to a lot of people who wouldn't call themselves "sofware engineers" or "managers" - it's also highly relevant to systems analysts / designers & just about any sort of IT consultant, amongst others.
What separates this from most other books on software development is that just about every page is obviously written by someone who has been there and done it (recently), not just talked about it. The main ideas of the book (evolutionary delivery, defining ojectives as either "functional" or "attributes" ) may not seem revolutionary, but apply it and it could revolutionise your project and maybe career. No IT book I've ever has ever affected my own work so profoundly.
It's also well written and exceptionally well laid out. More please, Tom!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 3, 2009
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Don't let the publishing date of this book fool you. This is a timeless reference in the art of requirements management and software inspections. It was an epiphany for me as a young software project manager in the late 80's, and it is still on my bookshelf today. It was written by a project manager who has "walked the walk". As another reviewer alluded, this book positively reeks with credibility and real-world experience. And the scope of its requirements management methodology is much wider than just software development -- it can be applied to virtually any project management discipline. Most failed projects were doomed from the start by their faulty requirements management or complete lack thereof. If every budding project manager read this book and practiced this methodology, the world would be a better place. Strong words, but read the book and see if it isn't true. You might also visit the [...] website -- lots of good stuff there, and a lot of it is free.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joao Cortez on August 29, 2007
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This book covers two very important software engineering topics: the unambiguous specification of business goals and product specification and on evolutionary project management. It also covers the Fagan inspections process which is one of the most powerful techniques in software development. If you like this book, you should also consider the book "Competitive Engineering" by the same author.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 1998
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Gilb covers only a small portion of "Software Engineering Management" in detail. Other important issues are either not addressed at all or receive only cursory treatment. Still, what it does go into depth about it usually well thought out and makes imminent sense. I'd say it's worth reading, but it may be a bit expensive for it's narrowness.
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