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Dynamics of Software Development Paperback – August 1, 1995
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About the Author
Michele McCarthy developed many of the team formation concepts that McCarthy Technologies teaches and is a codeveloper of the Core 3.0 Protocols. Michele is the coauthor of Software for Your Head.
Jim McCarthy is president of McCarthy Technologies, a consultancy that helps develop high-performance software development teams worldwide. Before starting his business, Jim worked at Microsoft Corporation for many years and led the team that developed Microsoft Visual C++ 1.0.
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Top Customer Reviews
You could get into project management terminology, or get very geek-detailed, but this book is not about that. This book really gives you a sense of being there from someone who has actually shipped quality software on time. Learn from his wisdom, he has been around.
This author is one of the select group of software development professionals who get it. This book, along with "Peopleware", "Code Complete", and the "Mythical Man Month" are classics in software development. There are other best practice books out there, but this is a great place to start.
The book is written in a very funny way. It's not always easy to follow the author but that doesn't really make it much worse. Jim McCarty puts very much effort on the "group psyche" and focus on team work and communication. He tries to describe on how to make a team with a "winning mood" which then should take all responsibility and 'just' finish the product.
Parts like "Group psyche", "Don't flip the bozo bit", "The world changes and so should you" and "slip but don't fall" are extremly good and useful to read! When reading the book I really got the feeling that he knows how to ship great intellectual property. And the success of the Visual C++ compiler also shows that his methods have been very successfull.
The second edition of the book will be released in 2 days from now (6 Feb. 2004) and that's certainly a book which I will read again! Great stuff.
I have been in the software business for all of my career. (A whole whopping 9 years of it ;^)) I have held a variety of roles, from Technical Support, Program Management, Engineering Management, and Product Management.
The thing that most amazes me is how little we are "trained" for the whole software development process. Millions of dollars are spent on software development each year, and yet organizations depending on great software success don't train people for their roles in making it a success.
Sure, there are a ton of processes developed. But processes don't make a great software development team. They really create automatons that just follow the process and don't question why they are doing what they are doing. As long as they can check off the deliverable, things must be going great.
The book has inspired me to take even more personal responsibility for the projects I am involved in and to not tolerate the "status quo" almost dead mind set that I see all around me.
If you are involved in Software Development....you MUST
read this book! The world truly needs more inspired
and "seasoned" software professionals!