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Process Impact offers the following e-books written by Karl Wiegers (view license terms):

Software Process Improvement Handbook
Project Initiation Handbook
Thorny Issues in Software Requirements
More Thorny Issues in Software Requirements

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Software Process Improvement Handbook: A Practical Guide

This 72-page e-book addresses many issues that can help software organizations implement and sustain a successful process improvement program. Whether you're using a formal process improvement framework or just trying to work more effectively, you'll find a wealth of pragmatic guidance about steering your organization toward higher productivity and quality. The e-book contains seven chapters:

  1. Why Is Process Improvement So Hard?
  2. An Effective Process Improvement Approach
  3. Personal Process Improvement
  4. Process Improvement Traps to Avoid
  5. Creating a Process Assets Library
  6. Molding the CMM to Your Organization
  7. A Modular Mini-Assessment Method
Other e-book features include:
  • 7 worksheets so you can begin applying these techniques to your own project immediately
  • Process Improvement Strategic Plan Template and Action Planning Template
  • 10 process improvement one-liners
  • A glossary of process improvement terms
  • Many true stories from actual project experiences
Table of Contents, Introduction, and Chapter 1


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Project Initiation Handbook: Laying the Foundation for Project Success

This 72-page e-book gives you the guidance you need to get your project off to a solid start. Both experienced and novice project managers will find a wealth of practical advice here. Most people learn the importance of taking these initiation actions only through painful experience, when they look back and say, "Gee, I wish I had thought about doing that six months ago." Applying the techniques described in this e-book will help keep your team focused on the significant outcomes that signal success. The e-book contains six chapters:

  1. Define Project Success Criteria
  2. Define Product Vision and Project Scope
  3. Define Product Release Criteria
  4. Negotiate Achievable Commitments
  5. Study Previous Lessons Learned
  6. Conduct Project Retrospectives
Other e-book features include:
  • 15 worksheets so you can begin applying these techniques to your own project immediately
  • Project Management Plan, Vision and Scope Document, and Action Plan templates
  • A procedure for performing project retrospectives
  • A requirements prioritization spreadsheet
  • Many true stories from actual project experiences
Table of Contents, Introduction, and Chapter 1

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Thorny Issues in Software Requirements

This 63-page e-book addresses a wide variety of the difficult topics in software requirements that are chronic sources of confusion for business analysts, or for which there are no easy answers. In some cases, I offer not a canned, "always-do-this" solution but rather a thought process you can go through to figure out how best to handle a particular situation. The e-book addresses how detailed to make requirements, whether to duplicate information or not, why use cases aren't a sufficient requirements model, how long requirements take, and much more. (This content also is included in the book More About Software Requirements.) The e-book contains 16 chapters grouped into 4 parts:

  1. On Writing Requirements
  2. On Use Cases
  3. On Customer Interactions
  4. On the Requirements Process
Table of Contents, Introduction, and Chapter 2

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More Thorny Issues in Software Requirements

This 66-page e-book tackles yet more issues that pose chronic challenges for people performing the business analyst role on a software project. Such challenges include requirements ambiguity, techniques for representing project scope, how to ask the right questions of the right people during elicitation, estimating project effort from the requirements, and distinguishing requirements from solutions. (This content also is included in the book More About Software Requirements.) The e-book contains nine chapters:

  1. Cosmic Truths about Software Requirements
  2. The Business Value of Better Requirements
  3. Estimating Based on Requirements
  4. Defining Project Scope
  5. An Inquiry, Not an Inquisition
  6. What Was That Again?
  7. The Fuzzy Line Between Requirements and Design
  8. The Six Blind Men and the Requirements
  9. The Line in the Sand
Table of Contents, Introduction, and Chapter 4

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E-book License Terms

The e-books are delivered electronically. The original customer may print the e-book for his own use. Usage permissions are the same as those for regular hardcopy books: you own one copy of the e-book, you may lend that copy to others, but only one person at a time may have that copy in his possession. The original customer may not distribute additional copies of the e-book in either hardcopy or electronic form, including posting on servers or Web sites.

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