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Microsoft Secrets: How the World's Most Powerful Software Company Creates Technology, Shapes Markets and Manages People Paperback – December 4, 1998
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George Fisher Chairman, President, and CEO, Eastman Kodak Company Bill Gates is to computer software what George Eastman was to photography. Microsoft Secrets tells us how this dynamic company and its leader organize, compete, and win.
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- Publisher : Free Press; 1st Touchstone Ed edition (December 4, 1998)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0684855313
- ISBN-13 : 978-0684855318
- Item Weight : 1.47 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.44 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #401,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the positive side, the Authors really went into considerable detail about how Microsoft approaches the marketing, sales and engineering of its products and services. As a software professional, I was particularly interested in the description of the Microsoft software engineering process and launch of its software products.
On the negative side, the Microsoft approach to building software was predated by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) by 10 years. The Authors made no comparison of the Microsoft engineering practices with those of other, successful software engineering organizations. Having worked at DEC from 1973 to 1985, I would say that 80% to 90% of the software engineering processes and practices described in the book were performed as common, engineering best practices by those DEC software projects that built the VMS operating system and its layered products including VAX Fortran, Vax Cobol, VAX Ada, etc. The book did not explicitly state by I venture that Dave Cutler, Senior Technical Fellow at Microsoft, may be responsible for porting these engineering best practices from DEC to Microsoft when he joined Microsoft in 1988. Dave is a first class software professional, a very gifted software engineer and manager - maybe one of the best in software engineering!!
Bottom-Line: I highly recommend the book for reading by software professionals including software managers, software engineers, marketers and sales professionals. It is an excellent book. My major criticism of the book is that it needs to be updated to reflect current best practices at Microsoft. [Note: I was the VAX COBOL Project Leader from 1978 to 1982.]