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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Steve McConnell : Good Read

Steve McConnell is one of my all time favourites – in fact he distills rich experience into very well articulated set of advise – I keep telling all software developers that all Steve McConnell’s writings are a must read – I think that he has the right flavour and mix in discussing various software engineering concepts – all embellished in simple, direct and practical terms. So when I came across the online version of his classic mistakes enumerated, I can not resist making mention about it here. Here are some types of the 36 classic mistakes that McConnell describes in detail:

- People Related Mistakes
- Heroics
- Adding people to a late project
- Politics placed over substance (etc.)

- Process Related Mistakes
- Abandonment of planning under pressure
- Planning to catch up later
- "Code-like-hell" programming (etc.)

- Technology Related Mistakes
- Silver-Bullet syndrome
- Overestimating savings from new tools or methods
- Switching tools in the middle of a project (etc.)

With most of the professional service enterprises scaling up very aggressively and with the average experience coming down, the writings and experience of the likes of Steve Mcconnell are highly relevant. A must read for all interested in software development.

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