How to Observe Software Systems

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"This book will probably make you think twice about some decisions you currently make by reflex. That alone makes it worth reading." "Great to understand the real meaning of non linearity of human based processes and great to highlight how some easy macro indicator can give info about your s/w development process." "An incredibly useful book" - Amazon Reviews

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About Gerald M. Weinberg

Gerald M. Weinberg (Jerry) writes "nerd novels," such as The Aremac Project, Aremac Power, First Stringers, Second Stringers, The Hands of God, Freshman Murders, and Mistress of Molecules—about how brilliant people produce quality work. His novels may be found as eBooks at or on Kindle. Before taking up his science fiction career, he published books on human behavior, including Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method, The Psychology of Computer Programming, Perfect Software and Other Fallacies, and an Introduction to General Systems Thinking. He also wrote books on leadership including Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting (Foreword by Virginia Satir), More Secrets of Consulting, and the four-volume Quality Software Management series. He incorporates his knowledge of science, engineering, and human behavior into all of writing and consulting work (with writers, hi-tech researchers, and software engineers). Early in his career, he was the architect for the Mercury Project's space tracking network and designer of the world's first multiprogrammed operating system. Winner of the Warnier Prize and the Stevens Award for his writing on software quality, he is also a charter member of the Computing Hall of Fame in San Diego and the University of Nebraska Hall of Fame. The book, The Gift of Time (Fiona Charles, ed.) honors his work for his 75th birthday. His website and blogs may be found at

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Review by: Brian Osman on Aug. 22, 2012 :
I was fortunate to receive a copy from Jerry a few years back and have found this book to be most useful in my day to day job as a software tester. As a tester, I am constantly observing, learning and attempting to understand the systems that I'm working on and this book helps me and reminds me how I can become better at doing that.

Jerry's book is clear,understandable and very easy to read. It is written by a master tester and a master author and has given me some ideas on how to observe systems that I work on and systems that I am a part of.

Thanks very much Jerry :)
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
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