Years of Project
Management Expertise Captured from a Lively Web-Based Dialogue
About the Book
Hunting for lessons on software project management, consultants James Bullock,
Gerald M. Weinberg, and Marie Benesh selected forty experts' most potent contributions
to SHAPE, Weinberg's Web-based, subscription-only discussion forum.
and experienced software developers and managers will benefit from this fast-paced
dialogue on starting, steering, and finishing successfuland sometimes not
so successfulsoftware projects.
you are a technical star adjusting to management responsibilities or an experienced
leader looking for fresh perspectives, you will benefit from this intense dose
of real-world wisdom drawn from so many managers' best advice.
". . . software professionals will quickly benefit
from the contributor's many years of combined experience. The discussion on sizing
projects is particularly provocative . . ."
James A. Ward, James A. Ward & Associates,
". . . the most interesting topics were those that
related to dealing with others and self development. . . . [Anyone] will find
this discussion informative and thought provoking. . . .
books provide the reader with food for thought and encouragement to improve and
this book does that. There is something for everyone in this book since each of
us has encountered similar issues at some time in our career . . . . an interesting
and informative read for programmers, analysts and managers and provides valuable
insights for all."
Brockman Moreau Consulting Inc.
. . . work in high tech, and if you've ever struggled with coordination of complex
projects, you'll love this book. It's the compiled wisdom of one of the Web's
more lively and intelligent forums, organized into highly readable and practical
sections such as 'Planning for Success' and 'Dealing with Impending Disater.'"
"Presented in dialogue form, this discussion
among consultants, IT managers, software developers, systems architects, analysts,
designers, engineers, and others in the field focuses on the means by which leadership
is developed. Topics include programming, design, documentation, teaching, learning,
educating management, and being yourself. The roles of experts, as leaders, teachers,
and learners, are explicated, and advice is offered on avoiding 'stupid tricks.'"
Book News, Inc.
is this book for? Well, everybody benefits. If you have just moved into a management
role, you will gain immensely. If you are a veteran, you will find the different
viewpoints refreshing. Any time you get stuck, reach for this and you will be
pleasantly surprised to find a similar situation about which the wayfarers have
shared their wisdom. It makes the list of 'must-haves' on your shelf."
Mudhol IEEE Software
". . . chock
full of practical advice on project management."
C. Biemesderfer Contract Professional
found this book fascinating. The concept of 'listening' to conversations between
some highly respected individuals in the IT and Software QA fields was appealing.
. . .
"I especially appreciated the people-focused angle of the discussions.
This group is aware that people are much more than just another resource."
". . . a well-organized, deftly
edited, fast-paced discussion that brings new perspectives to a well-worn topic.
the style of the discussion is Socratic: questions outnumber answers, and no one
appears to believe there is a one-size-fits-all truth to be illuminated. The delight
of this book is the variety of viewpoints it expresses. No single expert's point
of view dominates; thus, any reader is likely to find what he or she needs. I
saw myselfand my colleaguesin many of
the examples cited by the contributors, and I saw us from angles I'd never imagined
before. . . .
"Whatever shape your projects are in, you will find voices
in it that resonate. I hope the book's engaging, innovative style will inspire
similar books. . . ."
Mark Sheehan EDUCAUSE
"The editors have distilled from the original threads
the outline of a treatise on project management. The insights of 40 experts take
you quickly through the entire processfrom getting started
properly to drawing project and personal lessons when the project is complete.
conversation moves briskly, and the insights are marvelous. I'm sure that experienced
project managers will find much to like in this book. People who participated
in the original threads will surely welcome the summary."
Mateosian IEEE Micro
"You can't read this book
straight through because there is just too much insight to be absorbed at one
"James Bullock's editing and contribution are central to
the value of the book. . . his statements are often Zen-like.
honored to have been labeled a 'contributor' to this book. I will treasure that
fact, but not nearly as much as I will treasure the insights offered by the other
"This is a masterful book. Kudos to all the editors."
Crook (Contributor) Information Technology Freelancer
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