I just finished my first complete, pre-publication technical book review for Addison-Wesley. Ugh. Twenty-Eight chapters in a little over a week.
Well, it was certainly an adventure, and one of the bigger items on my list is now gone.
The book by Jim Brosseau has a working title of “Taking Ownership.” I was particularly struck by chapter 15 – “Guidance.” Specifically, in this chapter Jim discusses the benefits of norms, policies, and standards in software process.
Long time (ok, short time) fan of Creative Chaos will note that I am, well, not really a big fan of stable, repeatable processes. In fact, over the weekend I was mulling an article about the damage that the cult of repeatability is doing to our craft.
So, you can assume that when I read chapter 15, I had my red pen out, ready to slash.
Then Jim did something interesting: He made some fine points. I enjoyed the chapter, and came away with a more moderated opinion on the subject.
But enough about what I think; I am interested in what you think. So I have arranged with Jim to have that chapter available on Creative Chaos for free.
So, if you have a few moments to spare, please feel free to follow the link and take a look.
Note: I am about to switch webhosts; if you can’t find the file, I’m probably working on it.
If you are really ambitious, this is your chance to tell AWL how you really feel; you can leave comments or email me. If there is enough interest, I could turn this into a short series.
Or don’t. It’s just a couple of pages; I thought it was interesting, wanted to share, and Jim was agreeable.
And with that off the stack, I can finally start focusing on lighting talks …