Software Development Pearls: Lessons from Fifty Years of Software Experience
Drawing on 20+ years helping software teams succeed in nearly 150 organizations, Karl Wiegers presents 60 concise lessons and practical recommendations students can apply to all kinds of projects, regardless of application domain, technology, development lifecycle, or platform infrastructure.Embodying both wisdom for deeper understanding and guidance for practical use, this book represent an invaluable complement to the technical "nuts and bolts" software developers usually study.
Software Development Pearls covers multiple crucial domains of project success: requirements, design, project management, culture and teamwork, quality, and process improvement. Each chapter suggests several "first steps" and "next steps" to help you begin immediately applying the author's hard-won lessonsand writing code that is more successful in every way that matters.
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"Karl is one of the most thoughtful software people I know. He has reflected deeply on the software development irritants he has encountered over his career, and this book contains 60 of his most valuable responses."
-- From the Foreword by Steve McConnell, Construx Software and author of Code Complete
"Wouldn't it be great to gain a lifetime's experience without having to pay for the inevitable errors of your own experience? Karl Wiegers is well versed in the best techniques of business analysis, software engineering, and project management. You'll gain concise but important insights into how to recover from setbacks as well as how to avoid them in the first place."Experience is a powerful teacher, but it's also slow and painful. You can't afford to make every mistake yourself! Software Development Pearls helps you improve faster and bypass much of the pain by learning from others who already climbed the learning curves. Drawing on 25+ years helping software teams succeed, Karl Wiegers has crystallized 60 concise, practical lessons for all your projects, regardless of your role, industry, technology, or methodology.
--Meilir Page-Jones, Senior Business Analyst, Wayland Systems Inc.
Wiegers's insights and specific recommendations cover six crucial elements of success: requirements, design, project management, culture and teamwork, quality, and process improvement. For each, Wiegers offers First Steps for reflecting on your own experiences before you start; detailed Lessons with core insights, real case studies, and actionable solutions; and Next Steps for planning adoption in your project, team, or organization. This is knowledge you weren't taught in college or boot camp. It can boost your performance as a developer, business analyst, quality professional, or manager.
- Clarify requirements to gain a shared vision and understanding of your real problem
- Create robust designs that implement the right functionality and quality attributes and can evolve
- Anticipate and avoid ubiquitous project management pitfalls
- Grow a culture in which behaviors actually align with what people claim to value
- Plan realistically for quality and build it in from the outset
- Use process improvement to achieve desired business results, not as an end in itself
- Choose your next steps to get full value from all these lessons