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"Shipping Greatness condenses years of experience on working with world class products into an accessible, practical guide. Whether you're looking for reference as an aspiring software leader, or need a handbook to keep everyone on the same page, it is a must-have guide for software leaders. Intensely practical advise that I've seen applied on the best products, built from startups through to Google, Microsoft and Disney."
-- Mike Smith, CTO Disney Interactive

"Shipping Greatness is a perfectly-sized primer on how to lead a software project--readers will gain great appreciation of the entire shipping process from several levels--enough, even, to role-play for others on the team in a pinch. In full geek-out terms, it's quite possibly the /Dungeon Master's Guide /of anyone's set of technology business volumes."
-- Matt Shobe, User experience designer, co-founder of

"Shipping Greatness takes an extraordinarily holistic, non-specialized perspective on software projects. At the same time it gives a broad range of practical, hands-on advice. If you are about to start a project and only have time to read a single book, this is the one."
-- Lars Thorup, software consultant, CEO

"Vander May offers professional insights from real world experience--and from two of the best organizations to gain this perspective: and Google. But what differentiates Chris's offering from other books on the topic are his personal insights about working with people and not just technology."
-- David Lutz, technical sales consultant with 17 years of experience in data management and business intelligence

"Shipping Greatness should be on your team’s reading list."
-- Alan Weinkrantz,

"Have you got a new job as Project Manager or you want to hone your skills as one who already is a Project Manager? Either way, this book is for you! Chris takes the pains to go through all the necessary steps before delivering a good product. As former Project Manager at Amazon and Google, Chris gives you an insight into Amazon and Google's processes." Full Review >
-- Horacio Lassey-Assiakoley,

"I was so inspired by my first reading that I launched into shipping an App just to practice the ideas in the book. " Full Review >
-- Chris Allen,

"If you are an entrepreneur, and building solutions on your startup this is a must read. You will learn a lot form the experiences from Google and Amazon, and must of all, this books cover so many different things that it would be a learning experience. A must have one. The book has a lot of key points that a product/service developer has to keep track of it. Is a great collection of good information. Easy to read, and personally a book not to read from begin to end, but to came back from time to time." Full Review >
-- Jose Betancur,

"Shipping Greatness Practical lessons on building and launching outstanding software, learned on the job at Google and Amazon by Chris Vander Mey is a must have for any team lead or software developer out there. Especially if you have not worked at one of these companies. Personally, I wish that I could have read this book at the beginning of my career, but its better late than never. This book covers a lot of great topics about shipping great software that you do not learn in any software engineering course and you might not experience at the companies that you work for. Not only does this book cover the many topics needed to ship great software, but it also goes into more soft skills types of topics like selecting a team, building a mission statement and overall strategy, measuring greatness by using metrics, how to be a great communicator, and more. I have been developing software for a long time and feel that I have developed good applications throughout my career. I think you always learn from your experiences and continue to improve on the overall process of building and shipping software." Full Review >
-- David Witherspoon,

"Book Review: Shipping Greatness Practical lessons on building and launching outstanding software, learned on the job at Google and Amazon by Chris Vander Mey: Publisher- O'Reilly: ISBN- 13: 978-1449336578 Shipping Greatness: Practical lessons on building and launching outstanding software, learned on the job at Google and Amazon by Chris Vander Mey… " Full Review >
-- Tushar Jain,

"If a university ever decided to teach a course on shipping great software, I enthusiastically nominate Chris Vander Mey for professor. After all, this book is practically a course already, with the added benefit of being speedy and concise." Full Review >
-- Bea Kylene Jumarang,