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Stories from people who've been there

I am looking for stories of people who've been there. People who started a commercial sw project, worked on it from idea to customer, and wrote a book. I'm not looking for the programmers view, or the project manager's view, I want everything. Does anyone know of such book?
Permalink Hieronimus 
March 1st, 2005
Er, Tracy Kidder "Soul of a New Machine" is a bit of a classic:

http://www.forum2.org/eran/shelf/soul-machine.html


There must be some others e.g. Yourdon's "Deathmarch" springs immediately to mind.
Permalink trollop 
March 1st, 2005
Bootstrap, by Ken Hess

Also, another vote for Soul of a New Machine.
Permalink example 
March 1st, 2005
Since two people have recommended "Soul of a New Machine", which is about hardware, I feel I can recommend Jerry Kaplan's "Startup", about the rise and fall of GO, the pioneer in pen computing.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0140257314/002-8275296-1393646
Permalink Oren 
March 1st, 2005
"Deathmarch" would be the book for my last startup. They're somehow still in business, but definitely on life support.
Permalink Anonymous coward 
March 1st, 2005
Damn it Philo, now I'm reading "Prime Intellect" from work, which I think is a terrible idea.
Permalink muppet 
March 2nd, 2005
It's long out of print, but if you can get a copy of "The Autodesk File" by John Walker, I highly recommend it. It tells the tale of the first few years in the development of Autocad and is fascinating reading.
  Through a series of notes, letters, and prose, he tells about the initial development of the product, the search for funding, and the evolution of the company in its early years. As someone who was involved in a similar endeavor at the same time period (early 80's), I can attest to the accuracy of his descriptions of the business climate and the way things were done in those days.
Permalink A Graphics Programmer 
March 3rd, 2005

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