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Part II: Cowboys and Cowgirls > Coding Cowboys and Software Sages

Chapter 10. Coding Cowboys and Software Sages

Quality has become a watchword of the hour in software development. Some of the concern with quality is genuine, and some is merely panicky chief executives lunging after the bandwagon rolling by; some “quality programs” will make a difference, and some will only make for good public relations. As issues of software quality come to the fore, matters of maturity will loom larger, because an effective commitment to quality requires maturity from organizations and individuals.

Managers of software development face many new challenges as software systems become larger and more complex. Organizations are moving toward greater “process maturity” using more disciplined and sophisticated models of software development. The question in the minds of many managers is whether development professionals will live up to their name and mature with the methods. Programmers, analysts, and designers are often a breed unto themselves, and managing an entire herd of such mavericks can tax the resources of even the best managers. The problems of dealing with diehard independents who would rather quit than collaborate are major issues facing software development groups today.


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