Congratulations to Johanna Rothman and Michael T. Nygard for each winning a Jolt Productivity Award at the 18th annual awards ceremony.

Mike’s book, Release It: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software is all about designing your system for the real world. Did you design your system to survive a sudden rush of visitors from Digg or Slashdot? Or an influx of real world customers from 100 different countries? Are you ready for a world filled with flakey networks, tangled databases, and impatient users?

If you’re a developer and don’t want to be on call at 3AM for the rest of your life, this book will help you.

Agile development emphasizes delivering production-ready code every iteration. This book finally lays out exactly what this really means for critical systems today. You have a winner here.

—Tom Poppendieck, Poppendieck LLC.


Johanna’s latest, Manage It!: Your Guide to Modern Pragmatic Project Management shows you how to beg, borrow, and steal from the best methodologies to fit your particular project. It will help you find what works best for you, and not for some mythological project that doesn’t even exist.

You won’t need expensive tools or fancy software. Manage It! shows you how to use low-tech techniques to directly address the most pressing problems of modern software project development.

...the best project management reference I’ve ever read… Buy it. Try it. It’s worth it.

—David Christiansen, Information Technology Dark Side