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Shipping Greatness: Practical Lessons on Building and Launching Outstanding Software, Learned on the Job at Google and Amazon

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Need a shortcut to a degree in shipping great software? Successful team leaders must have an extremely broad skill set to find the right product, work through a complex and ever-changing development process, and do it all incredibly quickly. In this guide, Chris Vander Mey provides a simplified, no-BS approach to the entire software lifecycle, distilled from lessons he lea ...more
ebook, 228 pages
Published August 24th 2012 by O'Reilly Media (first published July 1st 2012)
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Mirek Kukla
"Shipping Greatness" is a guide to 'shipping software' in the broadest possible sense. Chris Mey walks you through the software development process from start to finish, and it’s readily apparent that he knows what he’s talking about. As far as content is concerned, then, the book is pretty comprehensive. Unfortunately, when it comes to presentation, "Shipping Greatness" comes up short. This is a how-to guide where the author just can't seem to decide on who his target audience is. As a result, ...more
Eric Franklin
I'm biased because I know Chris AND I'm a Product Manager at Amazon but I was honestly impressed by this practical book on Product Management for techies. It's filled with solid advice for what it means to own all the aspects of customer experience - from feature performance and scalability, to user interface and analytics.
Saurabh
I think Shipping Greatness is a decent attempt at explaining the nuts and bolts of the software industry. Unfortunately it does not comprehensively explain the product engineering process in detail explaining how to set up the development ecosystem like setting up version control software, setting up incident management, the designing process in a little more detail. Its more like a business guide for engineers or a technical guide for managers. Matter of fact I believe Chris got confused when i ...more
Mark
I didn't really care for this book or get much out of it, but I'm also clearly not the target audience of the book, as I'm not a team lead or in charge of shipping anything. Maybe I'll read it again if I ever find myself in such a role, but my guess is there's a bunch of other better books out there on this topic.
Bill Brown
This book packs in a lot of great information, and the author's pedigree couldn't be better. (That is, unless he had spent a tour at Facebook as well.) It was a fairly quick read for me since I've been doing product for the last eight years now and it's geared for a non-development audience.
Jose Papo
A very interesting book with the experiences and practices of a professional who worked for Amazon and Google. Many practices that I really use at amazon!
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