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Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules by Steve McConnell

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I conceived of this book as a Common Sense for software developers. Like Thomas Paine's original Common Sense, which laid out in pragmatic terms why America should secede from Mother England, this book lays out in pragmatic terms why many of our most common views about rapid development are fundamentally broken. These are the times that try developers' souls, and, for that reason, this book advocates its own small revolution in software-development practices.

My view of software development is that software projects can be optimized for any of several goals—lowest defect rate, fastest execution speed, greatest user acceptance, best maintainability, lowest cost, or shortest development schedule. Part of an engineering approach ...

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