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Three Good Books on Software Project Management

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Here are three books I always recommend to people who ask for advice on how to do software project managment,

  • The Mythical Man Month, Fred Brooks: Fred literally wrote the book on project management and while you might not recognise the hardware referred to in the book, everything else he wrote is a relevant today as it was 40 years ago.
  • Rapid Development, Steve McConnell: Steve actually presages much of the Extreme Programming community in this seminal work on modern software project management. He taught me that convergence to a date was more important that hitting a date.
  • Extreme Programming Explained : Embrace Change, Kent Beck: XP is probably one of the most important programming developments of the past ten years. Putting the customer at the centre of development is probably the most important precept.

Written by Joe

February 24, 2006 at 4:52 pm

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  1. I am coming to the end of Joel on Software and found it brilliant. A must read for everyone but probably more of an overview then the books above.


    Alan O'Rourke

    February 24, 2006 at 8:09 pm

  2. other classic reads would be:

    1) “Code Complete” by Steve McConnell
    2) “The Dynamics of Software Development” by Jim McCarthy – the softer side of Softare project
    management – I’ll always remember the “Dont Flip The Bozo Bit” phrase…..
    3) Irish author and UCC gradudate Fergus O’Connell’s Silver Bullet series – interesting takes of Project Management drawing from the Movie production industry…


    Donagh Kiernan

    February 27, 2006 at 5:00 pm

  3. I just read another book on Project Management unlike anything else I’ve read. Really!

    “Critical Chain” by Eliyahu Goldratt

    Its a business novel introducing Theory of Contraints into managing projects.

    It’s a very easy read with insightful ideas that can be applied to many business challenges. I had read his previous books on Production, “The Goal” and “It’s Not Luck”


    Donagh Kiernan

    October 30, 2006 at 8:45 pm

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