Monday, September 17, 2012

Book Review: Shipping Greatness Practical lessons on building and launching outstanding software, learned on the job at Google and Amazon

Book Review: Shipping Greatness Practical lessons on building and launching outstanding software, learned on the job at Google and Amazon by Chris Vander Mey: Publisher- O'Reilly: ISBN- 13: 978-1449336578 

Shipping Greatness: Practical lessons on building and launching outstanding software, learned on the job at Google and Amazon by Chris Vander Mey is as name suggests, is collection of Chris’ experiences at Amazon and Google. This book is comprehensive list of best practices from Amazon and Google for developing and launching new product from a product manager perspective.

I like to cover this from a two opposing views:

What is good in the book? 
List of best practices from Amazon and Google
Lucid flow
Conversational
Emphasis on quality – quantative and qualitative and acceptability by customer not just on shipping the product
Consumer/user is center of all discussions and decisions

What is not considered? 
Book assumes that project is being executed in fairly large organization so availability of resources is easy (if you can access them).

Considering context of book, it will certainly remain on by book shelf for long time.

Disclaimer: I did not get paid to review this book, and I do not stand to gain anything if you buy the book. I have no relationship with the publisher or the author. I got electronic format of book from publisher for review.

Further reading: One can get more information about book and related topics from:

1. Book’s web presence: http://www.shippinggreatness.com 
2. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Shipping-Greatness-Practical-launching-outstanding/dp/1449336574 3. Publisher -- Oreilly http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920026341.do
4. Safari Book online: http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book/-/9781449336585

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