An introduction to the software estimation process aimed at project managers, developers and customers who want to get a better understanding of the basics this subject, and avoid to make their projects a death march one.
This book is composed of papers previously written by Watts Humphrey. The people and management aspects of software development are often neglected in books and this one is a good source to start thinking about them… and improving our practice.
If you have never experienced a well-run retrospective, then it is hard to imagine what it is like by simply reading a book. Nevertheless, the article “An anatomy of a retrospective” tries to tie many of the discussions into a single experience. It is based on one real-life retrospective, but spiced up with a few pieces from other retrospectives. I’m certain the participants would recognize themselves, but I hope I have changed enough of the trivia to protect their privacy.