Introduction to the Personal Software Process(sm)
- By Watts S. Humphrey
- Published Dec 20, 1996 by Addison-Wesley Professional. Part of the SEI Series in Software Engineering series.
- Copyright 1997
- Dimensions: 6-1/4x9-1/4
- Pages: 304
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-201-54809-7
- ISBN-13: 978-0-201-54809-9
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- ISBN-10: 0-7686-8478-1
- ISBN-13: 978-0-7686-8478-0
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Product Author Bios
Known as “the father of software quality,” Watts S. Humphrey is the author of numerous influential books on the software-development process and software process improvement. Humphrey is a fellow of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University, where he founded the Software Process Program and provided the vision and early leadership for the original Capability Maturity Model (CMM). He also is the creator of the Personal Software Process (PSP) and Team Software Process (TSP). Recently, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology—the highest honor given by the president of the United States to America's leading innovators.
- Designed as a companion to any programming/software engineering text.
- Hands-on intro to basic disciplines needed for good software engineering.
- Helps students develop habits they will need for professional work
- Focuses on habits needed for time management and quality assurance
This newest book from Watts Humphrey is a hands-on introduction to basic disciplines of software engineering. Designed as a workbook companion to any introductory programming or software-engineering text, Humphrey provides here the practical means to integrate his highly regarded Personal Software Process (PSP) into college and university curricula. The book may also be adapted for use in industrial training or for self-improvement by practicing software engineers.
Applying the book's exercises to their course assignments, students learn both to manage their time effectively and to monitor the quality of their work, good practices they will need to be successful in their future careers. The book is supported by its own electronic supplement, which includes spreadsheets for data entry and analysis. A complete instructor's package is also available.
By mastering PSP techniques early in their studies, students can avoid--or overcome--the popular "hacker" ethic that leads to so many bad habits. Employers will appreciate new hires prepared to do competent professional work without, as now is common, expensive retraining and years of experience.
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82 of 90 people found the following review helpful
This is a great book if,
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This review is from: Introduction to the Personal Software Process (Paperback)This is a great book if you have never, like me, had any type of process education or formal time management training. I wish this book was available 15 years ago when I took my first CS class in college.
For the working programmer, especially in today's visual integrated environment, applying alot of the material is hard. The Lines of Code (LOC) measurement used is not considered the best judge of program complexity, plus in a visual environment where one can spend days laying out forms or reports that generate no lines of code can skew numbers. I understand its use: It is easy to explain and calculate for beginners, but is lacking for working programmers.
There is also an emphasis on distinct phases of program development, particularly the compile and test phase. For those of us who work in a visual environment (be it C, Pascal, or Basic) the phases blur together and tracking time spent on compile is negligable. Also not mentioned is should intentional syntax errors... Read more
40 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Good if you are a first or second year college student, but,
By A Customer
This review is from: Introduction to the Personal Software Process (Paperback)I originally bought this book to improve my own software engineering habits. While this book has its merits, I am afraid that it is geared more toward the first and second year college student than the professional engineer. It specifically addresses student issues, and most of the lessons are not applicable to professional work environments. However, if you happen to be a college student in CE, then I would suggest this book as a primer. Humphrey is very detailed in his explanation and extremely epxerienced in this field.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Measure everything, interpret carefully,
This review is from: Introduction to the Personal Software Process (Paperback)The Personal Software Process (PSP), which is a registered service mark of Carnegie Mellon University, is all about measuring and recording. Nearly everything is measured, from lines of code produced per unit time to the time spent playing/watching sports. Charts are everywhere in the book; some plot the progress of software development projects and others the weekly schedule of a college student. Therefore, there are charts that are headed "Student Y's Fixed Weekly Commitments."
The initial premise of the book is that of a college student who must plan their time in order to complete all that needs to be done. Of course, the point is to emphasize that planning major projects, such as your life, requires that you set reasonable goals that are compatible with everything else that you want to do. Once the goals are set, the next step is to order your time so that all activities are allotted an appropriate time slot.
The second segment deals with tracking a software... Read more
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Table of Contents
(All chapters, except Chapter 20, conclude with a Summary and an Assignment.)
1. The Software Engineer’s Job.
2. The Management.
3. Tracking Time.
4. Period and Product Planning.
5. Product Planning.
6. Product Size.
7. Managing Your Time.
8. Managing Commitments.
9. Managing Schedules.
10. The Project Plan.
11. The Software Development Process.
13. Finding Defects.
14. The Code Review Checklist.
15. Projecting Defects.
16. The Economics of Defect Removal.
17. Design Defects.
18. Product Quality.
19. Process Quality.
20. A Personal Commitment to Quality.
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