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Article ID: 249298

Article Last Modified on 7/18/2007



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  • MSPRESS Rapid Development ISBN 1-55615-900-5



This article was previously published under Q249298

SUMMARY

This article contains comments, corrections, and information about known errors relating to the Microsoft Press book Rapid Development, ISBN 1-55615-900-5.

The following topics are covered:

  • Page 41: Clarification needed
  • Page 55: project should be product
  • Page 60: Clarification needed
  • Page 128: 6-10 should be 6-11
  • Page 168: Label Error
  • Page 186: Additional clarification needed
  • Page 572: 20.2 should be 21.2
  • Page 613: Add Citation
  • Page 618: January should be September


MORE INFORMATION

Page 41: Clarification needed

On page 41, the first two sentences of the Heroics section require clarification.

Change:
"Some software developers place a high emphasis on project heroics (Bach 1995). But I think that they do more harm than good."

To:
"Some developers place a high emphasis on project heroics and think that the certain kinds of heroics can be beneficial (Bach 1995). But I think that emphasizing heroics in any form usually does more harm than good."

Page 55: project should be product

On page 55, the second sentence of theEstimation and Scheduling section refers to a project rather than a product.

Change:
"They first estimate the size of the project, then they estimate the effort needed to build a product of that size, and then they estimate a schedule based on the effort estimate."

To:
"They first estimate the size of the product, then they estimate the effort needed to build a product of that size, and then they estimate a schedule based on the effort estimate."

Page 60: Clarification needed

On page 60, the first sentence after Figure 4-2 is inaccurate.

Change:
"This is the same kind of chart that I presented in the “Classic Mistakes” chapter, and it describes the same lesson."

To:
"This is the same chart that I presented in the "Classic Mistakes" chapter, and it provides a specific example of the general classic mistakes lesson."

Page 128: 6-10 should be 6-11

On page 128, the second sentence after Figure 6-11 refers to Figure 6-10 rather than 6-11.

Change:
"Look at how much of the curve in Figure 6-10 is to the right of the planned-schedule line on typical projects."

To:
"Look at how much of the curve in Figure 6-11 is to the right of the planned-schedule line on typical projects."

Page 168: Label Error

On page 168, in Figure 8-2, the upper graph labels on the right hand side are mixed up. From top to bottom, the graph labels should read as follows:

" 1.6x
1.25x
1.15x
1.1x
1.0x
0.9x
0.85x
0.8x
0.6x
"

Page 186: Additional clarification needed

On page 186, the first sentence of the Efforts section requirs additional clarification.

Change:
"The efforts are given in developer man-months to two or three significant digits."

To:
"The efforts are given in development-team man-months (including management and QA) to two or three significant digits"

Page 572: 20.2 should be 21.2

On page 572, the first cross-reference refers to thw wrong section.

Change:
"For more on using prototyping time effectively, see “Inefficient use of prototyping time” in Section 20.2."

To:
"For more on using prototyping time effectively, see “Inefficient use of prototyping time” in Section 21.2."

Page 613: Add Citation

The following citation should be added to page 613.

DeMarco, Tom. 1995. Why Does Software Cost So Much? Dorset House.

Page 618: January should be September

On page 618, the bibliography entry for Millington, Don, and Jennifer Stapleton contains an incorrect month.

Change:
"Millington, Don, and Jennifer Stapleton. 1995. “Developing a RAD Standard.” IEEE Software, January: 54–55."

To:
"Millington, Don, and Jennifer Stapleton. 1995. “Developing a RAD Standard.” IEEE Software, September: 54–55."

Microsoft Press is committed to providing informative and accurate books. All comments and corrections listed above are ready for inclusion in future printings of this book. If you have a later printing of this book, it may already contain most or all of the above corrections.


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