21 Rules of Thumb — How Microsoft develops its Software

Jim McCarthy writes about 21 Rules of Thumb that guide the development of software products inside Microsoft. There are very few surprises, but I’ve been involved in quite a few software products before turning in my leaf and becoming a TD, and I bet most product managers would find more of them surprising than I did. McCarthy has a very pragmatic and practical view of software engineering, and serves as a good counter-agent to the marketing hype of most software companies.