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Dynamics of Software Development

Jim McCarthy, Microsoft Visual C++

One-line summary: Managing software development is about managing people. Various hints for planning, developing, selling, and managing the people effectively. Although written from the perspective of a project manager charged with shipping and selling a product, many of the insights apply at least as well to research projects, and are more profound than the book's cheesy packaging suggests.

Overview/Main Points


This is research. Software development and shipping is what we do, at least if we want the research to have an impact during our lifetime.


Could use some editing and reorganization; the above summary localizes relevant messages much better than the text does.

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