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Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art (Best Practices (Microsoft))
Book Name: Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art (Best Practices (Microsoft))
Author Name: Steve McConnell
Book Description: Often referred to as the "black art" because of its complexity and uncertainty, software estimation is not as hard or mysterious as people think. However, the art of how to create effective cost and schedule estimates has not been very well publicized. While the average software organization can struggle with project costs that run double their original estimates, some of the more sophisticated organizations achieve results with estimation errors as low as 5-10%. These best-in-class organizations use scientific techniques that are not cost-effective, however, making them of limited use to most software development organizations. To address these issues, Software Estimation focuses on the art of software estimation and provides a proven set of procedures and heuristics that software developers, technical leads, and project managers can apply to their projects. (Amazon).
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Dont
Book Name: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Dont
Author Name: Jim Collins
Book Description: Five years ago, Jim Collins asked the question, "Can a good company become a great company and if so, how?" In Good to Great Collins, the author of Built to Last, concludes that it is possible, but finds there are no silver bullets. Collins and his team of researchers began their quest by sorting through a list of 1,435 companies, looking for those that made substantial improvements in their performance over time. They finally settled on 11--including Fannie Mae, Gillette, Walgreens, and Wells Fargo--and discovered common traits that challenged many of the conventional notions of corporate success. Making the transition from good to great doesn't require a high-profile CEO, the latest technology, innovative change management, or even a fine-tuned business strategy. (amazon). A book on leadership and organizational culture that will change your ideas on forming and nurturing organizations.
Book Name: Blink
SubTitle: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Author Name: Malcolm Gladwell
Book Description: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is a 2005 book by Malcolm Gladwell. It presents in popular science format research from psychology and behavioral economics on the adaptive unconscious; mental processes that work rapidly and automatically from relatively little information. It considers both the strengths of the adaptive unconscious, for example in expert judgment, and its pitfalls such as stereotypes. (wikipedia)

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