Media praise for Applied Software Project Management
"Reading the book, I was consistently impressed by how well the authors identified almost all of the problems I've noticed (as well as a number of problems I haven't), explored why they occur, and provided straightforward solutions to those problems. I've sometimes seen things go wrong, but not really known how to fix them; this book's helped me understand what's happened and how to help things go right in the future...I wish I'd read this book ten years ago...I can't recommend it strongly enough; if you manage software projects, and you get the sense that things could maybe go better, read this book. "
-- , Amazon.com
"Applied Software Project Management is one of the better books I have read from O'Reilly. At no point was I bogged down in technical concepts I couldn't understand. It was actually quite difficult to put down until I finished whatever section I was reading at any given time. I recommend this book to anyone involved in software project management."
-- , Dalhousie ACM
"This has to be on every single programmer's bookshelf and should be a mandatory item upon joining a company. It covers a lot of things that I for one wish the web industry would adopt in a more proactive manner."
-- , MossyBlog.com
"I was very pleased with this book. I thought it was a realistic and well-thought out book on software project management. This book goes a long way toward arming someone with the tools they need to effectively manage a software development project."
-- , Amazon.com
"I've tried many project management processes and have searched through most of the popular literature over the years trying to find the best way to implement real process change. Much of the literature describes the processes well but ignores the implementation entirely. Applied Software Project Management does a wonderful job both describing the various tools and techniques and giving detailed instructions on how to implement them. The book even goes so far as to describing how to implement processes in an organization that is openly hostile to change and/or process in general."
"Applied Software Project Management provides software engineers with a handy guide to what makes software projects succeed...is broad enough to apply to all kinds of projects, yet specific enough to provide solid solutions."
-- , Library Bookwatch
--O. Fishel, Amazon.com review, December 2005
"Applied Software Project Management is one of the better books I have read from OReilly. At no point was I bogged down in technical concepts I couldnt understand. It was actually quite difficult to put down until I finished whatever section I was reading at any given time. I recommend this book to anyone involved in software project management."
--Sean Smith, Crazy or Genius?, January 2006
"If you're looking for solid, easy to follow advice on estimation, requirements gathering, managing change and more, you can stop now: this is the book for you."
--Scott Berkun, Author of The Art of Project Management
The challenges in effectively managing software development projects are well known. Books on software project management tend to focus on the tools and techniques for managing projects. There are two problems with this: 1) not every project needs to use every technique, but it is not clear which techniques to use for particular projects; and 2) projects are frequently derailed by social and organizational concerns, not technical problems. Applied Software Project Management by Stellman and Greene offers a fresh perspective by providing practical advice to project leaders on project management. It offers a way for project managers to select the specific techniques that will benefit a particular project.
"This book provides practical advice on how to convince stakeholders that quality activities are worth the investment, how to determine what are the most important quality practices to implement, given limited time and budget, and how to work with others and motivate them to improve the development process.
--Sandra Slaughter, Professor, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
The stepping-stone for missed expectations is set when the decision to fund a project is based on investment assumptions that are not shared with the project manager. Shareholder value is equally undermined when business leaders cannot easily determine the true status of their projects. Stellman and Greene open the door to greater profitability by making the case for top-down and bottom-up transparency, from project conception through closeout. Read this book for some practical guidance you can start applying right away.
--Richard Toledo, Executive Director/Eastern U.S. For Program Planning Professionals, Inc., also known as PCubed
Whether your software team is centrally located or geographically distributed, Applied Software Project Management provides practical advice on how to effectively manage the efforts of your team.
--Sanjay Podder, PMP, CSQA, Accenture IDC -- Avanade AG, Avanade Mumbai Center Lead
To be honest, I wanted to write this book. There are a fair number of books that discuss project management from a philosophical or theoretical point of view, but few that address it in real, practical terms. Applied Software Project Management does just that and does it well. Stellman and Greene walk through the aspects of software development, including defining a project vision, choosing a development process, configuration management, requirements tracking, and testing, with real examples and discussions of tools used in the wild. Ive chosen this book for my graduate software engineering class and will make it part of any client project. Its honest, practical, and full of real experience.
--Dan Pilone, Senior Software Architect with Blueprint Technologies and Lecturer at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.