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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.
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on February 4, 2004
This books describes Jim McCarthy's story on developing Visual C++ 1.0. The method of development has much in line with the agile development methods at this moment. Quotes like "embrace the change" are now quite common but were less common in 1995.
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.
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on January 20, 1997
This book was everything I had hoped for and more!

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 MUST
read this book! The world truly needs more inspired
and "seasoned" software professionals!
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on August 7, 2016
A Classic. Hands on Management tools - really not about software
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on December 20, 2009
I saw a presentation by Mr. McCarthy maybe ten years ago, and much of what he had to say then made it into the first edition of this book. The information is still relevant today (perhaps even more so). This is an enjoyable read, the illustrations (by his brother!) add much to the work.
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on May 8, 2012
I read great things about this book. I started reading it and am just disappointed so far. I'll update the review as I get further into it to update but so far the read is mediocre and the ideas presented are far from stellar things people just don't know...
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