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From the Trenches
on January 11, 2010
Even though Jim McCarthy is a developer, he tells a great story. One thing I really like about this author is his writing style, which is smart, but not too geek. He speaks from real world experience, and speaks like a developer. His examples are specific, and he uses humor well. Any developer can relate to some of his terms that are memorable such as "don't go dark", "don't shake the jello" and "triage ruthlessly".
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.