The following texts are
understanding of the business aspects of software development and therefore
mandatory reading for anyone claiming to be a consultant in the field of
software development or process improvement:
the Fault Line: Managing for Shareholder Value in the Age of the Internet,
Geoffery Moore, Harper Business, 2000. This is Moore's latest work on
managing companies in the presence of rapid change.
Improvement Workbook: Documentation, Analysis, Design and Management of
Business Process Improvement, James Harrington, McGraw Hill, 1997.
Performance: How to Manage the White Space on the Organization Chart, 2
Edition, Geary Rummler and Alan Brache, Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1995.
This book provide a notation that is implemented in Vision for defining, documenting
and analyzing business process improvement processes.
Strategies, James G. Kobielus, IDG Books, 1997. This is an overview of
workflow systems and the deployment in the business realm.
net ready: Strategies for Success in the
E–conomy, Amir Hartman and John Sifonis, McGraw Hill, 2000. This is
one of those must read books for anyone in the net business. It
provides advice on how to manage a "net ready" organization.
Only by turning away from the traditional paradigms and embracing the
"net ready" paradigms can businesses take advantage of the power
of the Internet.
Smart Thinking for Crazy Times: The Art of Solving the Right Problems,
Ian Mitroff, Berrett–Koehler Publishers, 1997. This book describes a type
3 error, in which the perfect solution to the wrong problem is
formulated by highly skilled and dedicated people. Everyone involved in
the politics of decision making should read this book.
Jack Welsh Speaks, Janet Lowe, John Wiley and Sons, 1998. A
little handbook of wisdom from Welsh.
Crossing the Chasm and Inside the Tornado, Geoffrey Moore.
Both books are mandatory reading for any business manager in this rapidly changing
world of product development.
Raving Fans, Ken Blanchard, William Morrow and Company, 1993.
Successful organization all have one thing in common Raving Fans.
Looking have customers should become an obsession. This book discusses how
to instill this obsession in the organization.
Essentials of Managerial Finance, 11th Edition, Weston,
Besley, and Brigham. This is the classic managerial finance book.
Without some understanding of how the money guys think, a software
development manger is just another programmer with a bigger title. The
11th edition speaks to the timeliness of this book.
The Business of Consulting: The Basics and Beyond, Elaine Biech,
Josey–Bass, 1999. This is a very good introduction to the business of
consulting and the methods used to manage a consulting business.