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Introduction to the Personal Software Process

Introduction to the Personal Software Process
Author: Watts S. Humphrey
ISBN 13: 9780201548099
ISBN 10: 201548097
Edition: 1
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Publication Date: 1996-12-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 278
List Price: $39.99

This newest book from Watts Humphrey is a hands-on introduction to basic disciplines of software engineering. Designed as a workbook companion to any introductory programming or software-engineering text, Humphrey provides here the practical means to integrate his highly regarded Personal Software Process (PSP) into college and university curricula. The book may also be adapted for use in industrial training or for self-improvement by practicing software engineers.

Applying the book's exercises to their course assignments, students learn both to manage their time effectively and to monitor the quality of their work, good practices they will need to be successful in their future careers. The book is supported by its own electronic supplement, which includes spreadsheets for data entry and analysis. A complete instructor's package is also available.

By mastering PSP techniques early in their studies, students can avoid—or overcome—the popular "hacker" ethic that leads to so many bad habits. Employers will appreciate new hires prepared to do competent professional work without, as now is common, expensive retraining and years of experience.