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Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art. A comprehensive set of tips and heuristics that software developers, technical leads, and project managers can apply to create more accurate estimates.

Code Complete 2. A practical handbook of software-construction practices. Updated for web development, object-oriented development, agile practices, and other modern construction issues. Code Complete 2 also has its own website.

Professional Software Development (Second Edition of After the Gold Rush). Essays about the software engineering profession. Excerpts from PSD are  available online. 

Code Complete, 1st Edition. A practical handbook of software-construction practices. Superseded by Code Complete 2, but is still be available from some booksellers. 

Rapid Development. Strategy and best practices for optimizing software development schedules.

Software Project Survival Guide. A step-by-step guide to running a successful software project.

After the Gold Rush (out of print). Essays about creating a true profession of software engineering. This edition of the book is out of print, but you might still be able to find it used.  

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