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Methods & Tools - Summer 2006

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In a period where the trend is to follow agile approaches with condensed guidance (see the 12 principles of the Agile Manifesto for instance), it could seem strange to publish a book on software development with more than 500 dense pages. You should however not be frightened by this book. Beneath the size and the structured form lies an approach based on practical experience that incorporates change and flexibility without abandoning the quest for precision and delivering value. If you are interested in software process improvement, you can read this book from the beginning and find practical material to examine your current practices with a different vision. If you are a lonesome project manager or developer, you could begin by just using the index to get Gilb's view on your current activity or problem. Be cautious, because there are many chances that you will be tempted to read more material ;o) 
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Tom Gilb Principles of Software Engineering Management
This book is designed to help software engineers and project managers to understand and solve the problems involved in developing complex software systems. It provides practical guidelines and tools for managing the technical and organizational aspects of software engineering projects. Part One explains the critical success factors for software, and introduces methods including-specification (using results-oriented quality and resource metrics, finding and evaluating solutions, evolutionary planning and deliver, inspection for quality and productivity. Part Two gives detailed guidelines for implementing those methods, using a case study as an example throughout. Part Three shows in detail how the methods can improve productivity, reliability, estimation, deadline pressure, and motivation. It concludes with a set of 'Software Engineering Templates' showing how to quantify software qualities, and further case studies illustrating inspection experience and production planning. 
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Clear guidelines for the introduction and refinement of inspection techniques. Contains numerous examples of successful implementations in organizations such as AT&T and Douglas Aircraft. Paper. DLC: Computer software-Quality control. Zero-defect software is the Holy Grail of all software developers. It has proved to be an elusive goal - until now. The Inspection techniques illustrated in this book have brought clear benefits in terms of lower (or even zero) defects, higher productivity, better project tracking and improved documentation.  
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