We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

Aristotle

Chapter 1 Introduction

Many software developers today are frustrated. They work long, hard hours, but their teams can’t seem to finish the current project. It’s not for lack of effort or desire; everyone on the team wants to wrap the project up cleanly, but no one knows how to pull it all together. It’s very difficult to find the time to do the reading and experimentation to find out what works and how to make it work in your shop. Most people are too busy working to embark on this type of research.

That’s where Ship It! steps in. This book is a collection of basic, practical advice that has been proven in the field, on multiple projects, and in companies ...

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