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Old-School Software Development: Lessons from a Software Survivor

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After more than a dozen books, hundreds of articles, lecture tours around the world, and successfully founding and selling two software companies author William Roetzheim collected together his most important thoughts and lessons in this book to share with the industry.The book covers risk management, estimating, planning, strategic planning, process management and quality assurance, and preparing a company for sale. Included are chapters on Software Project Audits, Litigating Failed Software Projects, Estimating...
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Overview

After more than a dozen books, hundreds of articles, lecture tours around the world, and successfully founding and selling two software companies author William Roetzheim collected together his most important thoughts and lessons in this book to share with the industry.The book covers risk management, estimating, planning, strategic planning, process management and quality assurance, and preparing a company for sale. Included are chapters on Software Project Audits, Litigating Failed Software Projects, Estimating Project Costs and Benefits, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Organizations, The Relationship between Strategic Planning and Process Improvement, Ten Questions a CEO Needs To Ask About Process Improvement, Customized Process Improvement, Process Control, and Project Documentation. Everyone involved with software projects, from the Task Lead through the Project Manager and right up to the CEO will benefit from the information in this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933769257
  • Publisher: Level 4 Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William Roetzheim is best known as the author of ten technical books on management, technology, and software along with over 150 technical articles. He founded two successful software companies (Marotz, Inc. and Cost Xpert Group, Inc.), winning numerous awards (Inc. 500, Deloitte and Touch Fast 50, Total Excellence in Management Award, Best Place to Work in San Diego, Borland Application of the Year, and many others). He sold both companies and retired from the world of technology to focus on his primary love, poetry. His poems have won numerous awards and recognition, including the Milford Fine Arts Council National Poetry Contest, Writers Challenge, Faulkner Society Poetry Award, Oberon Prize, Pagan Poetry Contest, Saturday Writers One Page Poetry Contest, and the Baltimore Science Fiction Convention Poetry Prize.
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Table of Contents


Table of Contents     v
Preface     vii
Managing Risk     1
Ten Tough Questions to Ask When Reviewing a Project Plan     3
Software Project Audits     11
An Island of Sanity in a Runaway Project     25
Litigating Failed Software Projects     31
A Portfolio Based Approach to Project Risk Management     49
Risk Planning as an Integral Part of Project Planning     53
Dealing with Risk In An Uncertain World     63
Risk Analysis     73
Risk Optimization     89
Risk Planning     99
Risk Tracking     113
Estimating and Planning a Project     119
Estimating Project Costs and Benefits     121
Estimating Software Costs     133
Project Cost Adjustments     147
Dealing with Reuse     163
Creating the Project Plan     179
A Personal Project Estimating Process     193
Using Project Planning Tools for Software Valuation     201
Strategic Planning     205
The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Organizations     207
Successful Strategic Planning     215
The Relationship between Strategic Planning and ProcessImprovement     221
Process Management     231
Ten Steps To Successful Process Improvement     233
Ten Questions a CEO Needs To Ask About Process Improvement     243
Customized Process Improvement     255
The Capability maturity model integration as a Framework for Process Improvement     269
Change Management as an Integral Part of Process Improvement     283
Is Your Process Out of Control?     291
A Regional Expert Approach to Training     305
Project Documentation as a Process     309
Selling your Company     333
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