I just finished reading Ship It! A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects by Jared Richardson and William Gwaltney. With around 200 pages (appendices included) and a fluent and enjoyable writing style, you will devour this book in 3 to 4 hours.
This book is a collection of best practices, tools and proven solutions to many problems development teams are facing today. It touches on Tools and Infrastructure with Unit Testing, Continuous Integration, Issue Tracking, Feature Tracking, etc and on Pragmatic Project Techniques. Although Ship It! is not a hardcore technical book I can highly recommend it to everyone involved in software development. If you’re a developer, tester, team leader, manager or even a customer, you will gain valuable insights in the production of quality software.
Quoting the Pragmatic Programmers site:
“Many software projects run into trouble, and many never ship at all. Others run like well-oiled machines. This book shows you the basics of how to get your project well on the road to success.
Ship It! bucks current fashion trends and marketing hype; instead, you’ll find page after page of solid advice, all tried and tested in the real world: a collection of tips that show you what tools a successful team has to use, and how to use them well. You’ll get quick, easy-to-follow advice on modern techniques and when they should be applied.”
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