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About the Author
Jennifer Greene and Andrew Stellman have been building software together since 1998. Andrew comes from a programming background, and has managed teams of requirements analysts, designers and developers. Jennifer has a testing background, and has managed teams of architects, developers and testers. She has led multiple large-scale outsourced projects. Between the two of them, they have managed every aspect of software development. They formed Stellman & Greene Consulting in 2003, with a focus on project management, software development, management consulting and software process improvement. They have worked in a wide range of industries, including finance, telecommunications, media, non-profit, entertainment, natural language processing, science and academia. For more information about them and this book, visit http://www.stellman-greene.com.
Jennifer Greene has managed quality assurance teams at multiple software organizations. Her project experience spans many domains, including academic research, financial services and analysis, natural language processing and grants management. She has been responsible for leading process improvement efforts as well as implementing best practices in defect prevention. She is currently leading a major software test outsourcing effort for MicroEdge.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is divided into two sections. The first section discusses the tools involved in software project management, while the second section discusses how to actually manage a software project effectively.
The first section goes through all the tools required to effective manage a software project. The authors dedicate entire chapters to SOW creation, estimation, scheduling, coding (including a discussion on source control providers), and testing. In each chapter, not only do the authors describe the process, but in certain cases, they provide tips to help things go smoother. For example, in the chapter on estimation, the authors provide several different ways to accurately estimate project tasks. I found many of these additional tips very helpful.
In the second section of the book, the authors discuss how to effectively manage a software development team using the tools discussed in section one. The authors don't specifically use the word "agile", but I found that most of section two became a discussion on agile practices. Again, the word "agile" was never used, however, I found it both interesting and refreshing to hear a book on project management discussing how to be adaptable to change.
I was very pleased with this book. I thought it was a realistic and well-thought out book on software project management. This book goes a long way toward arming someone with the tools they need to effectively manage a software development project.
'Applied Software Product Management' by Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene tackles this problem and they it's a extremely helpful read for anyone that wants to improve the process of developing software at their company. Relying off of real world experience for many, many years, the authors discuss topics such as: planning, scheduling, hiring, requirements, good coding, and testing like few others have ever done in a written form.
If you are a manager of a team, a group, or an entire company, you would be remiss to not pick up a copy of this book. The amount of great ideas and guidance contained within will no doubt fill in the leaks in your company structure, but most likely take your company to the next level. I found the information contained within to be well-written and easy to follow.
***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
I find this book to be an invaluable resource for any project manager. It's great for newbies, who will learn all the vocabulary and process theory. Experienced project managers will learn new tools and techniques as well as innovatives ways of getting them implemented.
This book is full of the wisdom and practices necessary to make you a mature enough software development manager so you'll know how long it will take you to find your keys, and learn to find them faster each time. The practices in this book should not only have an immediate impact on your current projects, but will lay the groundwork that will let you learn more from your experience for future projects. Grounded in practical approaches to common problems, it is a great first reading for the engineer thrust into software project management, a solid refresher for experienced software managers trying to stay abreast of their field, and a useful tome of techniques for senior engineers trying to improve their company's software development productivity.
As a disclosure, I helped review the text of this book for publication and have known Andrew Stellman for over a decade from our time at Carnegie Mellon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Haven't read a lot of this yet but I think it's a good collection of ideas for dealing with the people side of project management.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Using a rather familiar and informal approach, this book gives a set of useful insights coming from author's experience in the field. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I'm disappointed after I received the book. I'm glad I just paid the used one price.Published on September 1, 2010 by XD
I have not read this book yet, but I feel like it would be really helpful for my job. As I have read, it looks like a very practical handbook to use every day in the projects life. Read morePublished on September 7, 2009 by Kat
I bumped into this book by way of "Head First PMP", also written by Stellman and Greene. Because I liked the PMP resource so much, I thought I should give this book a chance and I... Read morePublished on March 31, 2008 by Jorgen Hesselberg
This is a nice book, everything about it is so neat and nice. I am glad I purchased this book from Amazon.Published on March 11, 2008 by P. Amoah