Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Software Development Project Management Books

Speaking of software project management books, here's a list that our team came up with. This is what they've collectively read on the topic.

It's a pretty good list. And reminds me that the guys are smart and well read. New Years resolution #2, delegate more and ask the guys what they think.

My favorites, or others I'd add are:

  • The Pragmatic Programmer -- Should be required reading for all CSci students in preparation for "the real world."
  • Agile and Iterative Development: A Manager's Guide -- A fantastic survey with practical applications of a bunch of the lightweight/agile/iterative methodologies. A great source from which to harvest methodology patterns.
  • Lean Software Development -- A pragmatic take on the entire "agile" thing.

One book I have on my Amazon wishlist but haven't got around to yet is Applied Software Project Management. You can get Chapter 3 here, which talks about software estimation using wideband delphi. Delphi seems like one of the most practical of the more rigorous estimation techniques I've seen.

Also note that you can make your own version of the infamous "tire swing" project management cartoon and let your cynicism shine at The Project Cartoon web site. (Thanks, Emil).

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