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Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application Paperback – 2006
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... but it does not.
Half of this book is just 'feel good' quotes from other authors. Then the rest of the book contains the standard platitudes you hear OVER AND OVER again in the startup world.
"Be yourself" and...
"Don't build more than you have to"
If you end up buying this book— just remember that Amazon only gives you 7 days to return ebooks. I thought the return period was longer, and now I'm stuck with it...
The principles in Getting Real match what I've learned over years of successful software development. I've shared my copy with team members and it was very well received. One of my coworkers is the sort that has to plan everything out in advance - so much so that he often becomes paralyzed because he can't determine the ideal way to accomplish what he wants. After reading Getting Real, he said he needs to work on adopting more of the practices in the book so he can become more productive. Another coworker, who teaches programming at a local university and at a local college on the side, recommended this book to a fellow teacher to be used as a textbook.
Not everything in this book will apply to every situation. Our team works for the government as contractors; we are required to produce a lot of documentation to fulfill our contractual obligations. Outside of our paper deliverables, though, this book is spot on with software development. Getting Real isn't full of theories - it's full of techniques that work. I know this from my experience...the book was a great help in giving that knowledge to my coworkers as well.
As of March, 2010, however, they published Rework, which is very similar in nature to Getting Real, but updated and made more widely applicable (less references to web applications, etc). Much of the content in Getting Real is repeated and refined in Rework.
Due to the duplication of content, I recommend only reading Rework at this point.
Anyone who enjoyed Steven Pressfield's war of art will enjoy this book. And the principles in this book apply to any business not just tech startups