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  • Blog Post: Quick news: Microsoft Press wins awards at international competition of STC

    You all might remember that back in the winter, a handful of our books were recognized by the Puget Sound chapter of the Society for Technical Communications. (See blog post http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2014/01/22/quick-news-microsoft-press-picks-up-six-awards-at-last-night-s-stc-ceremony...
  • Blog Post: Review: Software Requirements, Third Edition

    Software Requirements, Third Edition By Karl Wiegers and Joy Beatty Published by Microsoft Press, 2013 Review by Robert L. Glass Subsequent editions of computing books trouble me. I’m never quite sure whether I ought to be reviewing what’s new about the book, or the whole book, original...
  • Blog Post: RTM’d today: Software Requirements, Third Edition

    We’re thrilled to announce that Software Requirements, Third Edition (ISBN 9780735679665), by Karl Wiegers and Joy Beatty, has shipped to the printer! Now in its third edition, this classic guide to software requirements engineering has been fully updated with new topics, examples, and guidance. Two...
  • Blog Post: Early praise for Software Requirements, Third Edition!

    After ten years we’re about to release a new edition of Software Requirements , a foundational book in the software requirements field. The book is again written by Karl Wiegers, and this time he is joined by Joy Beatty, coauthor of Visual Models for Software Requirements (Microsoft Press, 2012). Today...
  • Blog Post: Software requirements: Delivering success when replacing a software system

      The following guest post, by Joy Beatty and Karl Wiegers, is a condensed preview of Chapter 21, “Enhancement and replacement projects,” from the upcoming book Software Requirements, Third Edition (which we’ll be publishing in August). A replacement project replaces an existing software system...
  • Blog Post: Author news: On co-authoring a book

    Hello! Karl Wiegers here. I’m doing something right know that I’ve never done before: co-authoring a book. It’s a new experience for me, but it’s going remarkably well. I’ve written several articles with co-authors over the years, which went fine, but nothing like the scale of the book. If you’ve ever...
  • Blog Post: Author news: Joy Beatty working on only one baby this year!

    Hello! Joy here. I was recently in the middle of my workday and I leaned back in my chair, looked around, and had to laugh. What I saw is the picture below. This is what my life has come to: a pile of Microsoft Press books! And it’s actually somewhat of a coincidence: I was doing research for the...
  • Blog Post: Podcast: Better requirements to make better products

    Check out this new podcast featuring Microsoft Press author, Joy Beatty. In her words, “I think business analysts, product managers, and those who manage them will find the requirements approaches discussed – and how to cut scope while ensuring the business objectives are met and the users...
  • Blog Post: Using a Requirements Mapping Matrix to organize and identify requirements

    Written by Joy Beatty, co-author of Visual Models for Software Requirements (ISBN: 9780735667723). Joy Beatty here. As business analysts, if we hand developers nothing more than a list of thousands of “system shall” requirements statements, the project is doomed to fail before...
  • Blog Post: New book: Visual Models for Software Requirements

    We’re happy to announce that Visual Models for Software Requirements (ISBN 9780735667723; 480 pages) is now available for purchase! Written by Joy Beatty and Anthony Chen—experts in software requirements methodologies—this book provides IT business analysts a plethora of best-practice...
  • Blog Post: RTM’d today: Visual Models for Software Requirements

    We are delighted to announce that Visual Models for Software Requirements , by Joy Beatty and Anthony Chen, has shipped to the printer! Hard copies should begin being shipped from our distributor to customers in the next couple weeks. If you’re a business analyst or product manager who is looking...
  • Blog Post: Save 15% on one of Microsoft Press’s most popular books–Code Complete, 2nd Ed.

    Save 15% through June 15, 2012 at Amazon.com. Click here and look for the coupon in the book’s detail page. How to Redeem the Coupon: You must be signed into your account at Amazon. To apply a coupon offer to a qualifying item, add coupon in one of two ways: Click on the coupon offer on the item detail...
  • Blog Post: Book review: Software Change Management: Case Studies and Practical Advice

    The following review is republished here with the permission of Robert L. Glass . The review appears in the May-June 2012 issue (Volume 22, No. 3) of The Software Practitioner , a bimonthly newsletter “written by and for people who build software for a living.” (Thank you, Bob!) Software Change Management...
  • Blog Post: Sample chapters: Software Change Management

    Today we’d like to share a sampler from the recently published Software Change Management: Case Studies and Practical Advice , by Donald J. Reifer . The sampler (2.97 MB) contains two complete chapters—Chapter 6, “Industrial Case: Utility Moving to the Clouds,” and Chapter 9, “Government Case: Introducing...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: Filling white space

    One of the cool things about being on a documentation team at Microsoft is the chance to see all the work that goes in to producing the learning and supporting materials for the new products. When the product happens to be a huge release, such as Windows 8, the efforts are massive. Documentation white...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson: Well … the week is nearly done

    Today is Thursday! Yep, the week is nearly finished. It has been an exciting week, highlighted by conducting a week's worth of Live Meetings that have been attended by a couple thousand people . If history is any indication, the series of five live meetings will be downloaded many many more times than...
  • Blog Post: Quick news: A history of threat modeling

    Today we’d like to quickly point you to an article written by Dana Epp called “ The Evolution of Elevation: Threat Modeling in a Microsoft World ,” which begins like this: “I’ve been asked to give a history of threat modeling from the perspective of an outsider looking at Microsoft. While I’m flattered...
  • Blog Post: New book: Software Change Management: Case Studies and Practical Advice

    Good news! Software Change Management: Case Studies and Practical Advice , by Donald J. Reifer, is now available for purchase. Donald J. Reifer is one of the leading figures in the field of systems/software engineering and management, with over 40 years of progressive experience. He has built businesses...
  • Blog Post: Donald Reifer: “Software Change Management: Doing More With Less”

    Donald Reifer here. Many firms are currently searching for ways to save money and cut cycle time in these times of economic contraction. To achieve these ends, many are trying to find ways to cut their costs and spur productivity growth. For example, some are simplifying their software development processes...
  • Blog Post: Book review: I. M. Wright’s “Hard Code,” Second Edition

    You can read a pretty in-depth review of Eric Brechner’s I. M. Wright’s “Hard Code”: A Decade of Hard-Won Lessons from Microsoft (Second Edition) at the ZDNet UK Book Reviews site. The review is by Mary Branscombe, and it begins like this: What's it like to work at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Author news: Q&A with author and consultant Don Reifer

    Yesterday we blogged about Don Reifer’s new Microsoft Press book, Software Change Management: Case Studies and Practical Advice (ISBN: 9780735664753): Why is it so difficult to change organizations? What does it really take to make “process improvement” yield measurable results?...
  • Blog Post: RTM’d today: Software Change Management: Case Studies and Practical Advice

    We’re very eager to announce that Software Change Management: Case Studies and Practical Advice (9780735664753, Page count 192), by Donald J. Reifer, has shipped to the printer. Why is it so difficult to change organizations? What does it really take to make “process improvement”...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server in the autumn

    Yes, autumn approaches and it is time to think about your winter reading. All you Exchange gurus will want to check out these 5-star titles. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out (9870735640610) by Tony Redmond gives you a deep dive into Exchange Server 2010 and SP1. Find out what Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices: Code Complete, Second Edition

    Many of you know Steve McConnell’s Code Complete . It’s been one of our most popular books since the first edition was published in 1993 and after we published Steve’s update, the second edition, in 2004. We see this through Amazon reviews , responses to our anonymous survey ( http...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices: Simple Architectures for Complex Enterprises

    Greetings! This post describes another of our recent Best Practices books for developers: Simple Architectures for Complex Enterprises , by Roger Sessions. (The book’s ISBN is 9780735625784, and its length is a simple 208 pages.) Roger’s website is here , and his blog is here . Roger is...
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