- Hardcover: 100 pages
- Publisher: WhizzKit; Edition 1 edition (2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9090241647
- ISBN-13: 978-9090241647
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,034,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.