What are people saying about Ship It! A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects?
like the Mac, this book “just works”, because it
takes the best from lessons learned from team leaders and team players
and takes the mystery out of the project management processes as
applied to Software Development..... Ship It!
is a surprisingly quick read and if you are in the software development
food chain, this book pays for itself in a matter of hours.
From the Tech Book Report
is part manual of best practices, part software methodologies book and
part a distillation of ideas and experiences of good and bad projects
that the authors have been involved in. It might sound like an odd
combination, but it works well enough and the book provides both
workable techniques and a process that puts them into use...there is
less focus on methodologies and more on adding to your armoury of
Thomas "Duffbert" Duff
I haven't had the chance to read and review any books from the Pragmatic Programmers series.
decided to change that with the book Ship It! - A Practical
Guide to Successful Software Projects by Jared Richardson and
William Gwaltney Jr.
After finishing the book, I put in an order for a few more titles.
If all the titles are this practical and useful, I'll be a happy camper...
I was amazed that these five
chapters only take about 160 pages and yet tell you all you need to
know about successful projects. I’ve experienced a lot of
these problems myself, and so did/do you, I’m sure about
that. Jared Richardson and William Gwaltney have put together an
excellent guide for both developers and managers. A must-read, if you
have problems in your team or projects, and a must-read to confirm
you’re doing the right thing.
...It would be really nice if, as an industry, we could stop being such a
bunch of screwed-up clowns and start living up to our potential. Ship
It! is one of the things that could help, if only those who need the
advice in its covers would pay attention....
...What I love about this book is that I can
hand it to any developer or manager and know that the advice is
relevant to their project. It doesn't matter if they're already using a
formal process or they have no process at all. Without the practices
outlined in this book, every project is at risk of not shipping on time
to happy customers. And so it should come as no surprise that I'll be
highly recommending Ship It! to every project I visit...
If you are a Development Team Lead or a Development Manager, you should be fired if you don't read this book.
Jeffery Fredrick (CruiseControl maintainer)
is a really special feeling when you give someone a book and it changes
the way they think and act. So I'm really pleased to have just finished
reading a book that I know I'll be handing out time and time again, and
that's Ship It!, "A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects"...
...“Ship It!” is
in the style of the other Pragmatic books and is an easy and focused
read. I finished it in two days and have already gained a wealth
of insight that I can apply immediately. Highly recommended if
you want to streamline your software development life!
From Amazon reviews
Jack D. Herrington "engineer and author"
(Silicon Valley, CA)
More practical advice from the
This is another excellent book from the guys at Pragmatic. In
this book Jared and William cover pragmatic project management with
down to earth advice on real world topics. In particular I liked some
of their novel approaches to dealing with some of the quirky
personality types that we find in this business. That being said there
are good sections on process, design, testing, quality control and
more. Definitely a good book for those tired of the preachy Booch and
Ernest Friedman-Hill "JavaRanch Sheriff"
Ship It! is both a guide to running successful software
projects, and a life preserver for projects that are failing. If you've
ever worked on a troubled software project, you know what it feels
like. The frustration. The sense of impending doom. The urge to polish
your resume. We've all been there. So have Richardson and Gwaltney --
and they're offering to leverage their considerable experience to help
save you and your project from this fate.
There's not much material that's truly new between these covers, but
the presentation and point of view is refreshing. It's a rare book that
speaks convincingly to both developers and managers, but this one does
a good job. The book describes many of the practices of agile
development -- continuous integration, automated testing, lightweight
planning -- and combines them into a simple but powerful description of
an approach to building software they call "Tracer Bullet Development."
But the book doesn't assume you're going to do everything the authors
suggest: they expect you to try just one thing as a time.
My favorite part of the book is compendium of one-page essays on
common problems software projects have, and how to apply the principles
and practices from the book to solve them. Unlike some other rather
strained "antipatterns" catalogs that I've read, this section feels
very practical and usable.
If your shop has trouble shipping quality software on time -- and let's
face it, most do -- then this book is for you. If you're a manager, I'd
say that doubly so.
Reader's Comments and Reviewers
Thank you for a very good and
practical book. I'll recommend to read it to all my team members.
Hey, the book is awesome! I'm only
at the beginning of the "build" section. So far very good. I like that
the book isn't 2000 pages thick. I think that will help it go further
(it's not daunting) and the info is great.
That's got to be one of the *best*
choice of title since the Mythical Man Month!!
A great book! The authors have done
a great job in presenting the subject in a neutral way and avoiding any
It's rare to have this much fun
reading a book about software. The ideas are smart, relevant, and
fundamental. I can be a better programmer today because of the
things I read today.
This is fantastic stuff. As I
started reading, I almost fell out of my seat because the project I'm
on right now is going through
exactly the hurt you describe and would benefit greatly from
material just like this.
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.