Millions of software professionals are hard at work creating mobile apps, web apps, and desktop software-and most of them are working harder than they need to. This unique guide contains best practices for managing teams and projects throughout the software definition, development, and launch process. Distilled from author Chris Vander Mey's experience with shipping software at Google and Amazon, the recipes in this book will help keep you focused on practices that lead to great products.
Shipping Greatness begins with a step-by-step product development process devised by software experts, and provides straightforward techniques for working with designers, managing the project, testing, building metrics, and launching. You'll also learn skills that effective software leaders use to achieve greatness, with chapters dedicated to team building, understanding technology, communicating, and coping with life in the software industry.
With this book, you'll learn how to:
* Build a great mission and strategy
* Define a great product
* Create a great user experience
* Achieve project management greatness on a budget
* Do a great job testing
* Build great metrics
* Have a great launch
* Assemble a shipping-ready team
* Develop great shippable technology
* Communicate while shipping
* Make great decisions
* Stay a great person while shipping
Chris Vander Mey is a former Google product manager and Amazon engineering manager, and has held multiple roles in small startups. He has a Master of Engineering Management from Dartmouth College and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia. He started writing code two decades ago and has shipped software to hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses.