Software Engineering: Barry W. Boehm's Lifetime Contributions to Software Development, Management, and Research 1st Edition

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"The fact that we still face basically the same problems in the areas of software architecture, reuse, and development with modern approaches (such as reliability and performance, as well as the software development process in service-oriented architectures) makes this book continue to be highly relevant.  This, and the sheer pleasure of reading it, makes the book a remarkable and extraordinary contribution to an otherwise buzzword-driven book market." (Computing Reviews, March 25, 2008)

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Landmark findings and best practices from software engineering pioneer Barry W. Boehm based on forty years of research and experience

This book presents forty-two of Barry W. Boehm's best articles on software engineering, organizes them into nine chapters with newly written summaries by nine of his colleagues, and concludes with a new chapter on Barry's "thoughts for the future." The book chapters address:

  • Software Architecture and Quality

  • Software Economics

  • Software Tools

  • Software Process: Early Spiral Model

  • Software Risk Management

  • Software Process: Emerging Extensions

  • Software and Systems Management

  • Software Engineering State of the Art and Practice

  • Value-Based Software Engineering

  • A Software Engineer in the Software Century

This book is recommended as a guide and resource for software engineers, project managers, and technology executives as well as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses.

"In my view, Barry Boehm is single-handedly responsible for turning software engineering from an anecdote-driven, opinion-laden art form into data-driven, fact-based engineering."

–Dr. William A. Wulf, President, National Academy of Engineering

"This book is a must-read for all software engineers."

–Dr. Yannis C. Yortsos, Dean, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California

"Barry Boehm has led the effort to put a sound footing under software engineering. His Software Engineering Economics provided fact-grounded models that first enabled us to move beyond speculation in budgeting and scheduling. His spiral development model and risk-management strategies each constitute major advances in our thinking."

–Dr. Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., Kenan Professor of Computer Science, University of North Carolina

"This book makes clear Barry Boehm's enormous contributions to software engineering over several decades and provides a perspective no one else could have given."

–Dr. Victor R. Basili, Professor of Computer Science, University of Maryland

"This collection of articles illuminates why Barry Boehm is one of the software industry's most trusted advisors."

–Walker E. Royce, Vice President, IBM Rational

"Barry Boehm has spent much of his adult life guiding us and our industry; I, for one, am full of gratitude."

–Tom DeMarco, Principal, The Atlantic Systems Guild

"Read Boehm's hints that will make your software shop tick."

–Dr. Lawrence Bernstein, Professor of Software Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology

"Barry Boehm's insights into software engineering are one of a kind. For more than twenty-five years, Barry has been the leading figure in software cost models and software process. This book is a must-read for all software engineers."

–Dr. Arthur B. Pyster, Vice President, SAIC

"Barry Boehm stands as a model engineering researcher for having developed novel theories, methods, and tools that infuse economic and human values into software engineering. This book provides a valuable starting point and guide to researchers and practitioners alike who need to better understand state-of-the-art thinking in this area."

–Dr. Kevin J. Sullivan, Professor of Computer Science, University of Virginia

"Anyone who wishes to understand where software engineering has been, and is going, needs to read this collection of articles. They represent the perspectives of the man who has made so much of this happen in decades past, and whose work will undoubtedly provide direction to the community for decades to come."

–Dr. Leon J. Osterweil, Professor of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Computer Society Pr; 1 edition (June 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047014873X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470148730
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,742,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tim R. Niles on March 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have been a member of the IEEE since 1971 and have developed/tested software since 1969, so I have read dozens of Barry Boehm's articles in the various journals. This were, without exception, all of value, and many quite eye opening, as our professional struggled to advance both the technology and the discipline of software development.

By the mid-80s, Barry's name was so well known to me from my reading that I would immediately read anything with his name attached. In about 1985 I attended a reception held by TRW in a large new building to the south of their main campus in Redondo Beach - invited by someone who told me that Barry "BEEEM" - the manager of some kind of software project - was interested in talking with me. I'd never seen Barry at a IEEE function nor heard his name stated verbally. But I attended the function - a typical function the excessive style of the mid-80s, expensive foods, etc. Then I was led to a small conference room and met "BEEEM." We had an interesting chat but nothing extraordinary. When I left, one of his aides gave me his card... it was then I realized who I had been talking with!

We could have discussed in detail and overview, any number of his papers, but I didn't know what his name sounded like or what he looked like.

This collection has to be termed definitive and certainly comprises a wonderful record of the development and advances of the software engineering community.
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By fonRize on March 1, 2015
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Just like the new one with Plastic Cover.
The book is like untouched.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Snowman on June 10, 2014
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Barry Boehm has a lot of interesting things to say in this book, assuming you are a software engineer or a student aiming to become one. Many of these essays are of historical relevance: he discusses the ancient history of software engineering as an offshoot of electrical engineering (think UNIVAC) as well as more modern (post 2000) engineering practices and case studies.

There is a lot of good info in this book, but I cannot give it five stars because of his writing style. While these are research papers and in general research tends to be abstract and long-winded, that makes it difficult to read when presented with a large number of such papers and essays collected in one book.
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