I was given a copy of the book “Getting Real” by 37signals a while back and have had it lying around until recently when I decided to give it a read. I’m pretty impressed with what they have to say about software development. Lots of fresh ideas, lots of food for thought. Although I don’t agree with everything they state they do have some good points. Definitely worth a read.
If you do decide to read it be advised that a lot of what they say is related to their situation only. As an example they state that requirements gathering is a waste of time. Which is it, for them. They are developing their own service and as such is their own customer. For people in the consultancy business stuff like requirements gathering is very important, for people like 37signals not so much.
37signals is now giving away the book so there’s really no excuse not to read it. It’s a quick read too.
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my employer's view in any way.