The Business of Software

What Every Manager, Programmer, and Entrepreneur Must Know to Thrive and Survive in Good Times and Bad

The Business of Software

The world's leading expert on the global software industry and coauthor of the bestseller Microsoft Secrets reveals the inner workings of software giants like IBM, Microsoft, and Netscape and shows what it takes to create, develop, and manage a successful company -- in good times and bad -- in the most fiercely competitive business in the world. In the $600 billion software industry it is the business, not the technology, that determines success or failure. This fact -- one that thousands of once glamorous start-ups have unhappily discovered for themselves -- is the well-documented conclusion of this enormously readable and revealing new book by Michael Cusumano, based on nearly twenty years of research and consulting with software producers around the world. Cusumano builds on dozens of personal experiences and case studies to show how issues of strategy and organization are irrevocably linked with those of managing the technology and demonstrates that a thorough understanding of these issues is vital to success. At the heart of the book Cusumano poses seven questions that underpin a three-pronged management framework. He argues that companies must adopt one of three basic business models: become a products company at one end of the strategic spectrum, a services company at the other end, or a hybrid solutions company in between. The author describes the characteristics of the different models, evaluates their strengths and weaknesses, and shows how each is more or less appropriate for different stages in the evolution of a business as well as in good versus bad economic times. Readers will also find invaluable Cusumano's treatment of software development issues ranging from architecture and teams to project management and testing, as well as two chapters devoted to what it takes to create a successful software start-up. Highlights include eight fundamental guidelines for evaluating potential software winners and Cusumano's probing analysis, based on firsthand knowledge, of ten start-ups that have met with varying degrees of success. The Business of Software is timely essential reading for managers, programmers, entrepreneurs, and others who follow the global software industry.

Eric Sink on the Business of Software

Eric Sink on the Business of Software

Eric.Weblog() has 50,000 regular users; consistently included on the list of the most popular feeds in bloglines.com Sink founded a company that was named to the Inc 500 Book explains tough topics like marketing and hiring, in terms that programmers understand—all sprinkled with a touch of humor

Security-Aware Systems Applications and Software Development Methods

Security-Aware Systems Applications and Software Development Methods

With the prevalence of cyber crime and cyber warfare, software developers must be vigilant in creating systems which are impervious to cyber attacks. Thus, security issues are an integral part of every phase of software development and an essential component of software design. Security-Aware Systems Applications and Software Development Methods facilitates the promotion and understanding of the technical as well as managerial issues related to secure software systems and their development practices. This book, targeted toward researchers, software engineers, and field experts, outlines cutting-edge industry solutions in software engineering and security research to help overcome contemporary challenges.

Human-Centered Software Engineering - Integrating Usability in the Software Development Lifecycle

Human-Centered Software Engineering - Integrating Usability in the Software Development Lifecycle

Human-CenteredSoftwareEngineering: BridgingHCI,UsabilityandSoftwareEngineering From its beginning in the 1980’s, the ?eld of human-computer interaction (HCI) has beende?nedasamultidisciplinaryarena. BythisImeanthattherehas beenanexplicit recognition that distinct skills and perspectives are required to make the whole effort of designing usable computer systems work well. Thus people with backgrounds in Computer Science (CS) and Software Engineering (SE) joined with people with ba- grounds in various behavioral science disciplines (e. g. , cognitive and social psych- ogy, anthropology)inaneffortwhereallperspectiveswereseenasessentialtocreating usable systems. But while the ?eld of HCI brings individuals with many background disciplines together to discuss a common goal - the development of useful, usable, satisfying systems - the form of the collaboration remains unclear. Are we striving to coordinate the varied activities in system development, or are we seeking a richer collaborative framework? In coordination, Usability and SE skills can remain quite distinct and while the activities of each group might be critical to the success of a project, we need only insure that critical results are provided at appropriate points in the development cycle. Communication by one group to the other during an activity might be seen as only minimally necessary. In collaboration, there is a sense that each group can learn something about its own methods and processes through a close pa- nership with the other. Communication during the process of gathering information from target users of a system by usability professionals would not be seen as so- thing that gets in the way of the essential work of software engineering professionals.

Business Patterns for Software Developers

Business Patterns for Software Developers

A must-have recipe book for building software Perhaps you can relate to this all-too common scenario: you know all about your software product?but could do with some help in understanding the strategic side of things. If so, this book is the one-stop resource you'll need in order to become a successful software entrepreneur. Patterns expert Allan Kelly provides you with the step-by-step route that needs to be followed in order to understand business strategy and operations. Each chapter starts out with a solid introduction and theoretical overview, which is then further illustrated with patterns and case studies, all aimed at helping you move into the management of software. Teaches you the ropes of business strategy and operations for software Places special emphasis on the patterns for those who make software for sale Addresses patterns philosophy, patterns strategies, business strategy patterns, and software company lifecycle Shares practical tools, tips, and examples of best practices so you can see how each specific pattern fits in and needs to be implemented. Business Patterns for Software Development divulges strategies, operations, and structures for building successful software.

Advances in Computers

Highly Dependable Software

Advances in Computers

This volume describes various approaches towards software dependability: development measurability; transformation oriented programming; bounded model checking; GUI testing; and the evolution of the various security policies that ensure appropriate secure behaviour.

Encyclopedia of Software Engineering Three-Volume Set (Print)

Encyclopedia of Software Engineering Three-Volume Set (Print)

Software engineering requires specialized knowledge of a broad spectrum of topics, including the construction of software and the platforms, applications, and environments in which the software operates as well as an understanding of the people who build and use the software. Offering an authoritative perspective, the two volumes of the Encyclopedia of Software Engineering cover the entire multidisciplinary scope of this important field. More than 200 expert contributors and reviewers from industry and academia across 21 countries provide easy-to-read entries that cover software requirements, design, construction, testing, maintenance, configuration management, quality control, and software engineering management tools and methods. Editor Phillip A. Laplante uses the most universally recognized definition of the areas of relevance to software engineering, the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK®), as a template for organizing the material. Also available in an electronic format, this encyclopedia supplies software engineering students, IT professionals, researchers, managers, and scholars with unrivaled coverage of the topics that encompass this ever-changing field. Also Available Online This Taylor & Francis encyclopedia is also available through online subscription, offering a variety of extra benefits for researchers, students, and librarians, including: Citation tracking and alerts Active reference linking Saved searches and marked lists HTML and PDF format options Contact Taylor and Francis for more information or to inquire about subscription options and print/online combination packages. US: (Tel) 1.888.318.2367; (E-mail) [email protected] International: (Tel) +44 (0) 20 7017 6062; (E-mail) [email protected]

Software Engineering Research and Applications

First International Conference, SERA 2003, San Francisco, CA, USA, June 25-27, 2003, Selected Revised Papers

Software Engineering Research and Applications

This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed post-proceedings of the First International Conference on Software Engineering Research and Applications, SERA 2003, held in San Francisco, CA, USA in June 2003. The 23 revised full papers presented were carefully selected from 104 initial submissions during two rounds of reviewing and improvement. The papers are organized in topical sections on formal methods; component-based software engineering; software quality, requirements engineering, reengineering, and performance analysis; knowledge discovery and artificial intelligence; and database retrieval and human-computer interaction.

Principles of Software Development Leadership

Applying Project Management Principles to Agile Software Development

Principles of Software Development Leadership

The software development market continues to grow worldwide. As projects become more complicated and the pressure to “do more with less” becomes the rule of thumb, the need for software managers to be well-versed with project management best practices bec