- Explains how to employ automation in your development process to improve your company's profitability
- Introduces a compensation structure that incents your technical talent to deliver measurable results on a predictable basis
- Provides real-world solutions - questions to ask when hiring or which build server software to consider, for example - instead of theoretical discussions
Chapter 1 Introduction: Ask Yourself These 10 Key Questions
Chapter 2 The Problem: Why Software Projects Fail
Chapter 3 The Expectations: What It Means for Software to Succeed
Chapter 4 Overview of the Six Week Solution
Chapter 5 The Solution's Critical Pieces
Chapter 6 Managing the Cost of Change
Chapter 7 Assuring Software Quality
Chapter 8 Integrating Automation into Your Development Process
Chapter 9 Other Software Development Approaches
Chapter 10 Risks with Using This Approach
Chapter 11 Transitioning to the Six Week Solution
Chapter 12 Conclusions
Bill Holtsnider is an experienced writer, educator, and software professional with more than 26 years of experience working in the computer industry. His IT expertise includes working in such diverse areas as stock portfolio management, identity management, and software development. He is the author of six books and a wide range of technical and marketing documentation.
Tom Wheeler has a long track record of building organizations to develop commercial software, including products for financial services and contact centers. He has built, sold and been a senior manager in a variety of different types of companies, including international conglomerates and garage-sized start ups. He first created the Six Week Solution back in the 1980's and has been fine-tuning it since.
George Stragand is a manager and software developer with over 20 years of producing and managing the delivery of commercial software on time. He has worked for companies ranging in size from startups to multinationals, creating software both for external and in-house use. He still hasn't found a problem which couldn't be solved by one more level of indirection or a suitable amount of explosives in the correct location.
Joseph Gee has spent the last 10 years of his career leading and coaching teams through a variety of successful projects and Agile transitions. His advocacy for software craftsmanship has equipped teams for success in small custom shops, large telecom enterprise systems, commercial shrink-wrap modeling software, and, most recently, cutting edge behavioral analytics.