Becoming a Change Artist

Becoming a Change Artist

by Gerald Weinberg
     
 
In Volume 7 of the highly acclaimed Quality Software series, Gerald M. Weinberg illustrates how skilled people (Change Artists) work to create a supportive environment for software engineering —an environment in which your organization can realize long-lasting gains in quality and productivity by learning the artistry of managing change.
As the

Overview

In Volume 7 of the highly acclaimed Quality Software series, Gerald M. Weinberg illustrates how skilled people (Change Artists) work to create a supportive environment for software engineering —an environment in which your organization can realize long-lasting gains in quality and productivity by learning the artistry of managing change.
As the author argues, the history of software engineering is riddled with failed attempts to improve quality and productivity without first creating a supportive environment. Many managers spend their money on tools, methodologies, outsourcing, training, and application packages, but they rarely spend anything to improve or to remove the leaders who created those situations in the first place.
From systems thinking to project management to technology transfer to the interaction of culture and process, Becoming a Change Artist analyzes models of how change really happens, and how change artistry creates the environment for all other changes.

Editorial Reviews

Dan Scarborough
This book is the best of the Quality Software series.
Elaine May
If you wonder why you haven't been able to change your organization, this is well worth reading.
Lowell Lindstrom
MUST READ for anyone facilitating change in a software organization
For those who want to think deeply on how to be a positive change agent for the people around them. I use this material when speaking at conferences and users groups and the response is always incredibly positive. Listeners always want to know more. Software professionals suffer from a complete lack of exposure to excellent writings on non-technical topics. This book does a great job helping fill that gap.
Mike Barker
If you're grappling with how to improve software development and especially how to improve managing software development, then this might be the right book for you.
Warren Keuffel
Gerald Weinberg i one of the truly original thinkers who write about organizational factors influencing software development. This volume addresses how to create an environment conducive to implementing the software engineering culture he describes in the earlier books of the series. Weinberg's fascinating perspective encompasses such diverse sources as family therapy, personality types, and experiences drawn from years of consulting for software development organizations. Thanks, Jerry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012219695
Publisher:
Gerald Weinberg
Publication date:
03/15/2011
Series:
Quality Software , #7
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

I've always been interested in helping smart people be happy and productive. To that end, I've published books on human behavior, including Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method, The Psychology of Computer Programming, Perfect Software and Other Fallacies, and an Introduction to General Systems Thinking. I've also written books on leadership including Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting (Foreword by Virginia Satir), More Secrets of Consulting, and the four-volume Quality Software Management series.


I try to incorporate my knowledge of science, engineering, and human behavior into all of my writing and consulting work (with writers, hi-tech researchers, software engineers, and people whose life-situation could require the use of a service dog). I write novels about such people, including The Aremac Project, Aremac Power, Jigglers, First Stringers, Second Stringers, The Hands of God, Freshman Murders, Earth's Endless Effort, and Mistress of Molecules—all about how my brilliant protagonists produce quality work and learn to be happy. My books may be found as eBooks at <http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JerryWeinberg>; on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B000AP8TZ8; and at Barnes and Noble.


Early in my career, I was the architect for the Project Mercury's space tracking network and designer of the world's first multiprogrammed operating system. I won the Warnier Prize, the Stevens Award, and the first Software Testing Professionals' Luminary Award, all for mu writing on software quality. I was also elected a charter member of the Computing Hall of Fame in San Diego and chosen for the University of Nebraska Hall of Fame.


But the "award" I'm most proud of is The book, The Gift of Time (Fiona Charles, ed.) written by my student and readers for my 75th birthday. Their stories make me feel that I've been at least partially successful at helping smart people be happy.

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