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Dynamics of Software Development

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Shipping great software can be done, insists McCarthy, and charts, in five sections, the progress from initial design to successful product. McCarthy is a software industry veteran and the director of the Microsoft Visual C++ development group.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by Microsoft Press
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Apr 12, 2014 Doug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dynamics of Software Development is a classic guide for software development management, written during a time (mid 90's) where large software development teams were mostly creating desktop software with large up-front costs - think WordPerfect, Lotus 1-2-3, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word.

Jim McCarthy is a product of one of the most successful of these large software houses - Microsoft - and while some of his insights are clearly outdated (such as his his description of the customer relati
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Jun 13, 2016 Arturo Pina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mixed feelings on this one. The author clearly knows a lot about delivering software and articulates his insights very well. On the other hand, I would say that mostly in the 2nd half of the book everything becomes very abstract and psychology-based. Being a bit skeptical (I can admit ignorant possibly) about psychology, and I realise it might be the semantics of possibly the most misused term ever, I basically get lost and struggle to understand how to go from the abstract level the author desc ...more
Apr 11, 2015 Randy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, software
This book changed my life. It is based on a talk that Jim McCarthy gave while at Microsoft teaching people how the Visual C++ team went from the goats of the company (which was founded on languages, not operating systems of office applications), to the premiere group, shipping on time and using a newly invented subscription model. The art in the book is worth the price alone. The advice is timeless and none of the "rules of thumb" will ever go out of style no matter which agile practice is the r ...more
Jun 03, 2008 Adam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: technical, business
For anyone involved in any capacity of a business that produces software, this is required reading. Filled with bits of wisdom and anecdotes regarding the life cycle of software development, there is something in here for everyone. The author's style is light and humorous (I caught myself laughing out loud at some sections), and that helps to give levity to a business that can take itself way too seriously.
Dec 27, 2013 Pavel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A lot of good material, but difficult to read. The names of the rules were also not clear and thus I will probably not use this book as a reference to go back and review things.
Jun 23, 2009 Inna marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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this book recommended on Dec 2002 by Nick Seguin my SQL Server NH instructor. Jim McCarthy is Nick's "guru". anecdotal book about his personal experience.
Feb 21, 2009 Janet rated it it was amazing
Jim McCarty is a master at understanding software development and software teams.
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Jan 19, 2010 Sud Ramasamy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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The Pragmatic Programmer suggests this book for group communication.
Feb 17, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
Probably my third read, at least. A classic!
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