Shipping Greatness: Practical Lessons From Google and Amazon On Creating and Launching Outstanding Software

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Need a shortcut to a degree in shipping great software? Successful team leaders must have an extremely broad skill set to find the right product, work through a complex and ever-changing development process, and do it all incredibly quickly. In this guide, Chris Vander Mey provides a simplified, no-BS approach to the entire software lifecycle, distilled from lessons he learned as a manager at Amazon and Google.

In the first part of the book, you’ll learn a step-by-step shipping ...

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Shipping Greatness: Practical lessons on building and launching outstanding software, learned on the job at Google and Amazon

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Overview

Need a shortcut to a degree in shipping great software? Successful team leaders must have an extremely broad skill set to find the right product, work through a complex and ever-changing development process, and do it all incredibly quickly. In this guide, Chris Vander Mey provides a simplified, no-BS approach to the entire software lifecycle, distilled from lessons he learned as a manager at Amazon and Google.

In the first part of the book, you’ll learn a step-by-step shipping process used by many of the best teams at Google and Amazon. Part II shows you the techniques, best practices, and skills you need to face an array of challenges in product, program, project, and engineering management.

  • Clearly define your product and develop your mission and strategy
  • Assemble your team and understand enough about systems to communicate with them
  • Create a beautiful, intuitive, and simple user experience
  • Track your team’s deliverables and closely manage the testing process
  • Communicate clearly to gracefully handle requests, senior-management interactions, and feedback from various sources
  • Build metrics to track progress, spot problems, and celebrate success
  • Stick to your launch checklist and plan for marketing and PR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449336578
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 1,370,119
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Vander Mey is a former Google product manager and Amazonengineering manager, and has held multiple roles in small startups. Hehas a Master of Engineering Management from Dartmouth College and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia. He startedwriting code two decades ago and has shipped software to hundreds ofmillions of consumers and businesses.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: The Shipping Greatness Process

Chapter 1: How to Build a Great Mission and Strategy

Chapter 2: How to Define a Great Product

Chapter 3: How to Build a Great User Experience

Chapter 4: How to Achieve Project Management Greatness on a Budget

Chapter 5: How to Do a Great Job Testing

Chapter 6: How to Measure Greatness

Chapter 7: How to Have a Great Launch

Part Two: The Shipping Greatness Skills

Chapter 8: How to Build a Shipping-Ready Team

Chapter 9: How to Build Great, Shippable Technology

Chapter 10: How to Be a Great Shipping Communicator

Chapter 11: How to Make Great Decisions

Chapter 12: How to Stay a Great Person While Shipping

Chapter 13: That Was Great; Let’s Do It Again

10 Principles of Shipping

Essential Artifacts Your Team Needs

References and Further Reading

How to Contact Us

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