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Process Impact offers the following eBooks 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
Writing Your Way to Success

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Software Process Improvement Handbook: A Practical Guide

Unless you can honestly say, "I am building software today as well as software can ever be built," you should always be trying to improve your personal and your team's software development and project management capabilities. This 72-page eBook addresses many issues that can help software organizations implement and sustain a successful process improvement program. Whether you're using the CMM or CMMI as a process improvement framework, or just trying to learn how to work more effectively, you'll find a wealth of pragmatic guidance and useful insights about how to steer your organization toward better productivity and quality. The eBook 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 eBook 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 eBook 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 a year ago." Applying the techniques described in this eBook will help keep your team focused on the significant outcomes that signal success. The eBook 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 eBook 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 eBook 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" sort of solution but rather a thought process you can go through to figure out how best to handle a particular situation. The eBook presents a wealth of practical guidance on 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 eBook 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 eBook 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 eBook 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
Introduction and Chapter 4

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Writing Your Way to Success

This 33-page eBook presents a wealth of guidance to anyone who is interested in writing for publication, be it magazine articles, website articles, blog posts, or books. Karl Wiegers draws from his extensive writing experience (which spans more than 35 years) to offer many insights about shaping your own writing style, reviewing and editing manuscripts, targeting articles for magazines and websites, and conceiving and drafting a book manuscript. A lengthy chapter offers much guidance for wending your way through the maze of getting a book published, including selecting a publisher, writing a proposal, negotiating a contract, tracking your progress, and even going the self-publication route. If you have any interest in sharing your insights, ideas, and experiences with the rest of the world, you'll find this information valuable. The eBook contains six chapters:

  1. Writing Your Way to Success
  2. Four Eyes Are Better Than Two (reviewing, editing, proofreading)
  3. Writing for Magazines and Websites
  4. You Say You Want to Write a Book?
  5. Getting Your Book into Print (finding a publisher, the proposal, the contract, self-publishing)
  6. On Co-Authoring a Book
Table of Contents     Chapter 1

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eBook License Terms

The eBooks are delivered electronically. The original customer may print the eBook for his own use. Usage permissions are the same as those for regular hardcopy books: you own one copy of the eBook, 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 eBook in either hardcopy or electronic form, including posting on servers or Web sites. Purchase of a site license allows duplication of an unlimited number of copies for the corporate site or government agency, including printing hardcopies, electronic distribution, and posting on servers or intranets accessible only to members of the purchasing organization.

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