Microsoft Press Book Wins Jolt Product Excellence Award at SD ’97

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 3, 1997 — Steve McConnell’s Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules has been awarded the Jolt Product Excellence Award at the annual Software Development Conference & Exhibition conference. The award was presented last night in San Francisco during a special ceremony recognizing the book’s impact on the software developer community and its ability to significantly increase developer productivity.

Rapid Development is a penetrating look at the software development management process; the book has received critical acclaim since its publication last year. It is part of the Best Practices series of titles from Microsoft Press. “Software developers are caught on the horns of a dilemma,” McConnell wrote in the preface to Rapid Development. “On one horn of the dilemma is that people don’t have time to learn more about rapid development; the other horn is that they won’t get the time until they do learn more about rapid development.”

Steve McConnell is the editor of IEEE Software Magazine’s “Best Practices” column and is chief software engineer at Construx Software Builders, Inc., a Seattle-area software construction firm. His book Code Complete was awarded the Jolt Product Excellence Award in 1994 and is considered to be a classic in the industry.

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