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"Ship It!": Two Words Developers Love To Hear

Authors Richardson and Gwaltney describe practical, down-to-earth techniques and tools (June 22, 2005)

One of the hardest things about developing software is delivering working, reliable software on time. Getting good software out the door is the acid test of any tool, technique, or methodology. Unfortunately, too many projects continue to fail that test. Here's something that can help. In "Ship It!: A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects" (Pragmatic Bookshelf, US$29.95, 0-9745140-4-7), authors Jared Richardson and Will Gwaltney describe the practical, down-to-earth techniques and tools they've used on projects large and small. From the under-funded, scrappy start-up to the largest privately-held software company in the world, Jared and Will have been in the trenches, seen it all, and have come back with the stuff that works.

"Ship It!" begins by introducing the common technical infrastructure that every project needs. Readers can choose from a variety of recommended technologies according to their skills and budgets to get the job done. The next section outlines the necessary steps to get software out the door reliably, using well-accepted, easy-to-adopt, best-of-breed practices that really work. Finally, and most importantly, "Ship It!" presents common problems and danger signs that arise and offers real-world advice on how to solve them.

This book is for readers who are frustrated by the lack of progress on their projects, or who have looked at methodologies such as Extreme Programming (XP) and felt they were too, well, extreme. Other readers may have looked at the Rational Unified Process (RUP) or CMM/I methods and cringed at the learning curve and costs.

Of the many software project that fail, Jared says "Quite often, this isn't because they don't know what to do, but because they simply don't know how to get started in the here-and-now." Will adds, "We show you how to sell management on each idea, and lay out practical steps to get you started, along with warning signs to watch for so you won't veer too far off-track."

Early praise for "Ship It!":
"Even though our group was already following many of the practices outlined in 'Ship It!', I believe the book paid for itself within the first day of purchase. When one considers the burn rate of a typical software team, the hours of lost productivity that this book will save should make it a no-brainer purchase decision for any group." -Steve Mitchell, Fiserv SourceOne

Ship it!: A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects
By Jared Richardson and Will Gwaltney
ISBN 0-9745140-4-7, 200 pages, $29.95US, $41.95CA, softcover.

Pragmatic Bookshelf titles are distributed to bookstores internationally by O'Reilly Media, Inc.

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