Textbook on software project delivery, republished on free download

April 29, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
“Software Projects: Evolutionary vs Big Bang” has been launched as a free PDF download. The book that was, say its promoters, ahead of its time when Wiley first published it is now even more relevant as more companies dive into Agile methods.

The text is based on Felix Redmill’s pioneering experience as a development manager. This edition has been re-typeset with all new diagrams. There is also a video interview with the author Felix Redmill, Editor of Safety Critical Systems Club News letter

Author Felix Redmill CEng.FIET, FBCS, has for 25 years Felix been a consultant in project management and in risk management for safetycritical systems. Before that, he spent more than 20 years in industry, as engineer and manager. He started as a programmer and progressed to systems analyst, development manager, project manager, and system strategist. “ Evolutionary vs. Big-bang Delivery” is based on his pioneering experience as a Development Manager.

Redmill has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computation from London University and UMIST (University of Manchester), has presented and published widely on aspects of safety and risk management, and is a founder member of the Safety Critical Systems Club. He provides short training courses in Project Management, Risk-based Testing, and Requirements Engineering.

Endorsements from reviewers in the safety-critical systems community include;

"Experienced readers will not agree with every opinion in this book; but they will agree with enough that they will respect the experience and the intellect that have formed the opinions with which they disagree, and they will benefit from having their ideas challenged."

Martyn Thomas CBE FREng FRSA (Martyn was a founder of Praxis and a former partner in Deloitte Consulting. He is now entirely independent.) http://www.thomas-associates.co.uk

"Amid the hoopla over 'Agile', the re-publication of this book feels particularly timely and welcome. It offers solid and hard-won advice from evolutionary projects that is still as relevant today as it was two decades ago. In particular, the material on project planning, preparation and the importance of business strategy in managing change should be required reading for anyone considering a more 'Agile development approach. Miss this book at your peril."
Dr Roderick Chapman, Director, Protean Code Limited and Honorary Visiting