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From Barnes & NobleInside Microsoft, Eric Brechner has spent several years prodding development teams towards greater effectiveness and better quality. His columns, which he writes under the name I. M. Wright, have gained a growing following inside and outside Microsoft. Now he's assembled, organized, and annotated those columns -- so you, too, can be provoked and improved.
Brechner has a talent for cutting straight to the point. For example, what should project managers really be managing, above all? The risk to delivery of critical features. Understand that, and much else falls into place.
Brechner outlines what you can really get from "agile" and "lean" practices, without totally gulping the Kool-Aid. You'll find sensible insights on making specs useful; using time between projects; dealing with testers and non-technical folk; and on "being a manager, and yet not evil incarnate." Along the way, Brechner offers plenty of unscripted insight into life within Microsoft. Provocative, indeed. Bill Camarda, from the November 2007 Read Only