Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Resources from Steve McConnell

"Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."
........... Albert Einstein

I came across some materials published at Construx. Construx is Steve McConnell founded consultancy, and sure enough they're McConnell inspired & referenced.

Ok, why getting into "lazy habit" of reading about Yet Another Software Development Methodology? How are Contrux's "best practices" any better then "best practices" from other software methodology brands? That is how I'm convincing myself into reading:

McConnell is a thought leader. You might not appreciate his heavy pseudo-engineering writing, but his ideas on software development have been influential for decades. One that resonates with me the most gets repeated in every resource on the side: "Higher quality reduces development time". I wish this one was influential - we still don’t quite get it.

Unlike so many agile folks grown from in-house or web projects, McConnell is hard core shrink-wrapped product development bone. I find his insides valuable and applicable for what I do at software vendor company.

Some materials address C level executives. In other words, he brings arguments that make sense to normal people. Are C-level executives normal people? That's a matter of another blog post.

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