- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: PEM Systems (December 26, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0990450872
- ISBN-13: 978-0990450870
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,038,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's All Upside Down: What I've learned about software development and why it seems opposite to everything I was taught Paperback – December 26, 2016
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From the Author
This is not a book about theory. The stories I share are all true.I wrote this book because I believe the stories, together with the principles, principle clarifying thoughts, coaching tips and related Essence framework checklists can stimulate deeper reflection and discussion helping you discover your own best "how to" software engineering approaches within your organization.
The stories in this book demonstrate what I have learned about how predictable performance is achieved in organizations today. In the past we have spent significant effort training our people by focusing on "defined processes"²and "best practices". But true stories of what has been proven to work are better at communicating "how much" of certain activities need to be conducted, "when" those activities should be conducted, and "exactly what activities should be conducted," which is what most practitioners want to know.
Sharing stories works because when people hear true stories about how another team handled a problem similar to their own they can often quickly translate that experience to their own situation. "Defined processes" and "best practices", on the other hand-specifically the way they have often been communicated in the past- leave too many important questions unanswered.Once you understand this fact, it can lead you to think differently about many of our long held fundamental principles.
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Take for example best practices. If you’ve ever had the mantle of “best practices” that were defined somewhere else by an unknown source held up as the “authority” for meeting a compliance requirement, you know what I mean.
This past year I got an advance look at Paul’s book when he asked me to offer feedback before it was published. I had previously interviewed Paul for 5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success where he demonstrated an ability to see things from a fresh new perspective, so I was eager to take a look and learn from him.
Paul’s book is filled with interesting insights and discoveries on where we are so often missing out by doing the opposite of what really works. Paul graciously made himself available for us to interview for Exploring Forward-Thinking Workplaces™.
In our interview with him, Paul shared:
“So much of what I recommend to my clients today seems completely opposite to what I was taught. The reason I wrote the book is because too many people continue to believe these upside down ideas today, and I wanted to set the record straight.”
Highly recommend Paul’s book for a great collection of insights that will move you and your organization forward.