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The Unplugged (The Unplugged: Join a new breed of developers that don't use computers. Much.) Hardcover – January 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: WhizzKit; Edition 1 edition (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9090241647
  • ISBN-13: 978-9090241647
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,770,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought the book on Kindle, read it on my iPhone, and will pick up a few hard copies for colleagues.
Fritz M. Hansen
I highly recommend this quick read to anyone interested in a blueprint for reaching their full potential both personally and for their company or organization.
Lisa Birle
It has a clear approach which is focussed on practical steps to a powerful approach to software development.
Curtis Sergeant

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Curtis Sergeant on July 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a rare type of book these days. It has simple yet powerful concepts and it is presented in a concise but creative way. There is no fluff or padding. It has a clear approach which is focussed on practical steps to a powerful approach to software development.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fritz M. Hansen on June 12, 2009
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I bought the book on Kindle, read it on my iPhone, and will pick up a few hard copies for colleagues. The content is fresh, and will not be out of date anytime soon, it is an enjoyable quick read.
Having been down some of the same road as the author, I found myself nodding in agreement reading about situations that I have been in, and had to work myself out of. This book would be an invaluable tool in moving a company with an entrenched IT group towards a software development life cycle that will ensure less change in development and testing, while encouraging change and creativity where it is cheap and still possible.
I do think that the four phases of development outlined are bit simplistic, and may not meet the level of scrutiny needed for auditing purposes, depending on your client and or corporate structure. The methodology does however overlap with all typical phases of development, and could be used for small to medium sized projects as described. Certainly they would be great places to start for organizations that have not focused on user centered design, or struggle with development snarls in the present

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Astrid on July 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Unplugged does not only have a fresh lay-out in which clear images illustrate the text, the book itself is also written in a conversational style. Ruven Meulenberg clearly shows vision in this work, in which he addresses developers in a no-nonsense yet knowledgeable way. Building on the four phases of development explained at the beginning of the work, the book goes on to introduce ways in which developers can use their creativity in full while saving money and time.

I was very much impressed with the techniques that Meulenberg shares, all of which are lucidly explained and illustrated with clear examples.

The Unplugged truly takes thinking out-of-the-box to the next level.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Busby on July 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Excellent guide to thinking critically and creatively about the technology development process. A must have for any developer's process library (along with books on scrum, agile, and waterfall project management) . I am using these techniques with scrum and continuous integration for both Microsoft .NET / C# and open source PHP/MySQL projects. I wish the CMMI world would use some of these concepts, it would save them a LOT of time and resources on large software projects.
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By Alex Dockham on June 29, 2013
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It is a great book that gets you wanting to learn how to code and collaborate, and it gives you many different ways of doing so.
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By Hayden Heun (YouTube) on June 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
this book was a good read and i learned a lot from it. please write another book i would buy it in a heartbeat
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They lay down some obvious truths, then they come up with some good suggestions. Its a short book, with not much to it, but I recommend it as long as you don't mind their marketing babble too much.
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The first half of this book has some genuine tips about reworking your software design workflow. The second half, however, is a basically an advertisement for the author's products, the GuiMags. I'm not interested in paying to be advertised to, thank you very much.
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