Why Does Software Cost So Much?: And Other Puzzles of the Information Age

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Dorset House Pub., 1995 - Computers - 237 pages
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Known for his ability to find provocative answers to the most puzzling questions, Tom DeMarco explores a wide range of issues in twenty-four masterful essays.The offerings range from the wise to the kooky -- in fact, many of them defy categorization. But all are marked by the author's eye-opening perspectives on topics that demand your professional attention.Drawing together several essays published in such journals as IEEE Software and American Programmer, plus ten all-new papers never seen beyond his circle of colleagues, Tom DeMarco tackles a multitude of tough subjects and wrestles fresh insight out of them. Here's a compact, compelling edition of this acclaimed consultant's views on software engineering.Subjects include management-aided engineering, documentation, desktop video, productivity, software factories, teams, measurement, icons, and more!Essays Include* Why Does Software Cost So Much?* Mad About Measurement* Software Productivity: The Covert Agenda* The Choir and the Team* Management-Aided Software Engineering (with Sheila Brady of Apple Computer)* Lean and Mean* Software Development: State of the Art vs. State of the Practice (with Tim Lister)* Twenty Years of Software Engineering: Looking Forward, Looking Back* "If We Did Only One Thing to Improve . . ."-- plus fifteen more!

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User Review  - Erika RS - Goodreads

For a book written nearly 20 years ago -- in 1995 -- this book has a lot of fresh insights. The book has a lot of good ideas about the people side of software development. Common threads throughout ... Read full review

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User Review  - Adnan Ali - Goodreads

The issues that plagued the software development world are the same today as they were 15 years ago. The technology has changed, the attitudes haven't. The patterns of failure are the same. Read full review

Contents

O ManagementAided Software Engineering
45
Lean and Mean
71
Standing Naked in the Snow Variation on a Theme by Yamaura
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Author and computer-systems consultant and analyst Tom DeMarco has published eight books and hundreds of articles on a wide range of subjects. He lives in Camden, Maine.

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