Creating a Software Engineering Culture

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Written in a remarkably clear style, Creating a Software Engineering Culture presents a comprehensive approach to improving the quality and effectiveness of the software development process.

In twenty chapters spread over six parts, Wiegers promotes the tactical changes required to support process improvement and high-quality software development. Throughout the text, Wiegers identifies scores of culture builders and culture killers, and he offers a wealth of references to resources for the software engineer, including seminars, conferences, publications, videos, and on-line information.

With case studies on process improvement and software metrics programs and an entire Part on action planning (called "What to Do on Monday"), this practical book guides the reader in applying the concepts to real life.

Topics include software culture concepts, team behaviors, the five dimensions of a software project, recognizing achievements, optimizing customer involvement, the project champion model, tools for sharing the vision, requirements traceability matrices, the capability maturity model, action planning, testing, inspections, metrics-based project estimation, the cost of quality, and much more!

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Karl E. Wiegers is Principal Consultant at Process Impact in Happy Valley, Oregon, a company devoted to software process consulting and education. Previously, he spent 18 years at Eastman Kodak Company as a research scientist, software developer, software manager, and software process and quality improvement leader.

An author of numerous articles and a frequent speaker at conferences and professional society meetings, Wiegers holds a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and enjoys guitar, military history, and motorcycling.

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. . . full of good advice on what institutional and team policies help to promote good software practices among engineers. . . .

Although this book is aimed at managers, as with most books of this nature, all levels of engineers can benefit by reading it. You can use the tips in this book to either improve your own engineering culture, or to identify the problems in your group, that you just haven't quite been able to put a finger on. --Mark A. Herschberg, Javaranch.com

. . . the book leads you through the phases of system development, focusing on practical problems and suggesting project-oriented solutions that use modern, proven methodologies. Even though Wiegers clearly has preferences, he also provides excellent, well-written descriptions of alternative methodologies.

This book is essential reading for anyone responsible for systems development and, even more importantly, for anyone responsible for managing teams of systems developers. Well written and easy to read, it is filled with information that will definitely help improve your products' quality. --Sorel Reisman, IEEE Software

The most important thing this book does is make you aware that the software engineering culture within your organization is critical to the success of development projects.

. . . Karl Wiegers writes using a practical manner that leaves you asking for more. A must-read for anyone interested in improving the way they develop software. --Scott Ambler, Software Development Magazine

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