Ray Duncan, Electronic Review of
"Rapid Development is instantly recognizable as another
member of that rare breed of highly original and definitive books. It addresses a dire
need in mainstream commercial or "shrinkwrap" software development that was
previously unmet and only dimly perceived. It integrates a vast amount of practical
information within a logical, easily grasped structure. It is soundly grounded in the
author's mastery of his subject and common sense, and it is backed up by hundreds of
references. And, last but hardly least, it is beautifully written in an economical, direct
style that makes every page count.
"In Rapid Development, we are privileged to see a virtuoso
author/programmer and a superb editing and publishing team working together at the top of
their form. Very few books I have encountered in the last few years have given me as much
pleasure to read as this one."
Explanation of ERCB rating scale: No stars = unacceptable, 1 Star = marginal, 2
Stars = average, 3 Stars = above average, 4 Stars = exceptional.
Richard Stevens, Delphi Magazine, September 1996
"One of McConnell's key strengths is the sheer range and volume of his research.
It seems every other page contains some empirical data on the best and worst ways to run a
software project, and McConnell isn't afraid to let you know where his own opinions lie.
You could enjoyably read this book from cover to cover thanks to McConnell's excellent
prose, and that's certainly the way to get the most from it. But even if you just dip into
it occasionally for ideas and guidance, or splash out on a copy for your team leader, this
book is a bargain, and highly recommended."
Quality of Writing 5/5
Value for Money 5/5
Overall Assessment 5/5
"I can hear some of you exclaiming, "how can you possibly recommend a book
about software scheduling published by Microsoft Press and written by a consultant to
Microsoft?!" Well, put aside any preconceived biases that you might have, as I did
mine. This is in fact a tremendous book on effective scheduling software development, and
it drinks deeply from the wisdom of all the classics in the field ... The nine page
section entitled "Classic Mistakes Enumerated" is alone worth the price of
admission, and should be required reading for all developers, leads, and managers."
"This book is an essential guide to controlling development schedules and keeping
projects moving on schedule."
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