Targeted at managers (from the top of organizations down through technical leads), McConnell's book provides a blueprint for a successfully managed project; the postulated development effort involves "3 to 25 team members and schedules of 3 to 18 months." At 288 pages, the book could be thinner, but it's easy enough to get through. McConnell has an engaging, conversational style, with a tinge of irreverent humor -- both of which make this book easy to approach. He uses little jargon and includes a comprehensive glossary, so nontechies should find it easy enough to follow.
-- Chris Jaekl, Dr. Dobb's Journal -- Dr. Dobb's Journal
Steve McConnell is recognized as one of the premier authors and voices in the development community. He is Chief Software Engineer of Construx Software and was the lead developer of Construx Estimate and of SPC Estimate Professional, winner of Software Development magazine's Productivity Award. He is the author of several books, including Code Complete and Rapid Development, both honored with Software Development magazine's Jolt Award.
I will not dive into what is either good or bad about this book.
Every developer has encountered the 'customer from hell' who knows it all ... but knows nothing about the reality of the software development process.
This book is a must for development managers (those who manage software development projects)!
I like the affirmation of the reality of things when we develop software, knowing things like there is no way to have an accurate estimate before we start, knowing the industry... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Philippe Thouin
I bought this book way back in 2003 or thereabouts and I wish that I had read this book when I first started managing projects. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bryan Barrow
As ever, Mr. McConnell writes clearly and accurately and presents the information in a well-organized format. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David Holladay
When I was starting off in software, this was a great book; it gives an overview of a process that works for medium to large projects at Microsoft; based on reasonable preplanning,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. Jackson
Excelent book not only for every project manager but also for technical personel, great if you are experienced or novice in software development.Published 16 months ago by Ramiro J Zendejas Montes
As a non-technical business executive tasked with running a tech-heavy organization, I had to get up to speed quickly on best practices, methodologies and approaches to... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Edward J. Barton
I am using this one to plan my next project. I had issues with the last project that caused major time delays.Published 17 months ago by G. Miller
Shipping was good and the book has all the basics and interesting tips for both IT experts and guys from other areas, like me.Published 21 months ago by Germano Giacomolli Piva