Book: Making it Big in Software
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Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Work the Org. Become Great. (Paperback)
by Sam Lightstone
Sam works at the Toronto Lab and the book will be published in Jan or Feb next year. Sam is willing and available to speak at events on topics related to the book.
Here is the link to pre-order the book
Feel free to spread the word about this book! I've read most of the chapters already and think that the advice that Sam gives is amazing!
Software development is unique industry that includes many of the trappings of corporate American culture, and many odd divergences. It’s an industry where teenage hackers compete head-to-head with MIT PhD graduates. A world where crinkled t-shirts and unlaced running shoes coexist with stock options and executive titles. The dynamic and somewhat bohemian quality of the software industry introduces unique challenges in building a successful software career.
More importantly the insight on how to get ahead in the software business simply isn’t taught in formal degree programs. With supporting data from Gartner Group, IBM, KPMG, Standish Group and others this book discusses the dynamics of software development organizations, and how to build a successful career. In addition the book includes interviews with some of the most influential software innovators and leaders of the past 30 years – ACM Turing Award winners, and CEOs of major corporations alike; people who literally changed the world. These interviews add an intimate and profound quality to the book.
Table of contents: (details: http
Chapter 1: Makin’ it big
Chapter 2: School versus job
Chapter 3: What good software is really about
Chapter 4: Mission impossible? Getting a job in software development
Chapter 5: Making the most of the early years as a software developer
Chapter 6: Essential skills. Some are even technical.
Chapter 7: The sweet science of software R&D organizations
Chapter 8: Working the org
Chapter 9: Successful software project proposals
Chapter 10: Career advancement
Chapter 11: Time management
Chapter 12: Avoiding software development overruns
Chapter 13: Zen and the critical art of balance
Chapter 14: Career killers
Chapter 15: Leadership in software innovation
Chapter 16: Secret insights on software project management
Chapter 17: The big leagues. From medium-shot to big-shot
Chapter 18: The big leagues. From big-shot to visionary
Chapter 19: If only I’d known then what I know now
Chapter 20: Going out on your own: The “software startup”
Chapter 21: Compensation: Kuh-ching!
Chapter 22: Making it big?
Appendix A: Contents of a business plan for software startups
Appendix B: Historical timeline of software innovations