PSP: A Self-Improvement Process for Software Engineers

PSP: A Self-Improvement Process for Software Engineers

Postby squinky86 » Tue Nov 23, 2010 5:27 pm

PSP(SM): A Self-Improvement Process for Software Engineers by Watts S. Humphrey
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For budding software engineers, this book is helpful for establishing a foundation by which personal achievements and abilities may be measured and compared to others in the field.

Pros:
This book stresses quantitative analysis of personal performance in order to establish a baseline for determining personal performance. By spending time designing and engineering a problem, it takes much less code to complete the project. With a good teacher, a class on PSP can be very beneficial. Especially useful are the metrics for personal performance. If the reader is having a difficult time performing time estimates for tasks he is working on, this is a must!

Cons:
Without a good teacher, the book is useless. Humphrey doesn't do a good job explaining why some procedures are suggested, and there are whole chapters that are completely useless to personal development. A good teacher will not teach this book cover-to-cover, but will skip around and implement the good and intuitive ideas Humphrey has in this book.
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