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The Unplugged (The Unplugged: Join a new breed of developers that don't use computers. Much.) Hardcover – 2009
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'The Unplugged' is a little but mind-blowing book you'll love to read.
Product developer Meulenberg shares how he has developed for some of the largest companies in the world... without having to use a computer. You will find yourself experimenting with the mind-blowing ideas and inventions in this book within no time!
Software development drains money and eats time, especially when you encounter changes. Clients change their minds and so do you. Without going into tedious change-management tips, this chapter shows you how to use changes to your advantage instead of letting it block your progress.
Getting inescapably practical, this chapter gives you a design process that fits every company and developer. You are given the keys to use this process internally and in smart communication with clients. It gives you a clean structure while protecting you from flip-flopping clients... and from yourself.
There's a secret to software development. When you zoom in on how you develop, you will find that one particular part of the process is the key to all others. This chapter reveals it.
"Writer's block" happens to software developers too. This incredibly practical chapter shows you how to defeat it by using a technique the author has used in the companies he has successfully founded.
Software-design-tools have gotten stuck since the 90s. Although user-interface possibilities have ballooned, there are hardly any breakthrough tools for software designers themselves. We are trying to create new software with old tools. This chapter introduces new yet proven tools, straight from the trenches.
Tech-balancing stands for a collection of techniques that help you focus on what you are good at, while making sure the tedious parts of your job get done too... just not by you! This closing chapter unveils the trick of becoming completely Unplugged.
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Having been down some of the same road as the author, I found myself nodding in agreement reading about situations that I have been in, and had to work myself out of. This book would be an invaluable tool in moving a company with an entrenched IT group towards a software development life cycle that will ensure less change in development and testing, while encouraging change and creativity where it is cheap and still possible.
I do think that the four phases of development outlined are bit simplistic, and may not meet the level of scrutiny needed for auditing purposes, depending on your client and or corporate structure. The methodology does however overlap with all typical phases of development, and could be used for small to medium sized projects as described. Certainly they would be great places to start for organizations that have not focused on user centered design, or struggle with development snarls in the present
I was very much impressed with the techniques that Meulenberg shares, all of which are lucidly explained and illustrated with clear examples.
The Unplugged truly takes thinking out-of-the-box to the next level.
If you have anything to do with software, web, mobile app or other electronic development (and I will suggest any product development), you need to read The Unplugged. It's a crash course in developing products efficiently, effectively, with great client and user satisfaction - in other words, successfully.
Ideas are presented in both words and visuals that stop and cause you to question what you may have always accepted. Ultimately practical counsel tells you how to get past stumbling blocks. All shared from a user-centric foundation that ensures your concepts are embraced by the end-user.
The Unplugged will make you rethink your approaches. You'll find yourself remembering previous projects and envisioning how much better they would have turned out if you had known to use these techniques.
I loved this book. Wished we had it years ago. We'd have saved much grief.