Book: Rapid Development – Taming Wild Software Schedules

I’m currently reading Rapid Development – Taming Wild Software Schedules, by Steve McConnell. I must say that this is a book that I can’t put down. When I first received the book about three weeks ago, I started thumbing thru the book and found myself pulled in by the various topics: classic mistakes, software estimation, death march, etc.¬† I bought this book based on a number of glowing Amazon reviews. The interesting thing is that the book was released in 1996. However, Steve¬† McConnell’s coverage of the topic is timeless. He discusses agile methodologies before they were called “agile” and before the hype. He also covers a number of other software methodologies . Steve’s approach is that each software project is different. So depending on the project, you need to choose the appropriate methodology based on the project.

I will write more on this book in the coming weeks. If you have been a part of a wild software schedule (who hasn’t?) then I recommend that you pick up a copy of this book.

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