SOURCE: Heavenstone, Inc.

October 19, 2005 09:00 ET

Software Management Gap Threatens Corporate Productivity

SARATOGA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 19, 2005 -- Heavenstone, Inc., a software and management-consulting firm, announced the release of a new book on software management entitled "100 Questions to Ask your Software Organization." Heavenstone's president, Mark I. Himelstein, who is a former Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Apple Computer executive, authored this guide for excellence in software management.

Bad software, late software, insecure software all challenge corporate profits, user confidence and overall productivity. Recent organizational announcements at Microsoft Corporation make it clear how managers have been responsible for the lack of leadership and practicality in the Microsoft Windows™ Vista content and schedules. It is not just computers anymore either. With the average car weighing in with over 35 million lines of code, Toyota Motor Corporation announced in August that a software bug was causing big problems in their popular hybrid cars.

"Many software development executives and managers started their careers as engineers. We train computer science graduates to program and not how to plan, manage, and lead," said Mark Himelstein, president of Heavenstone, Inc. "Consequently, many managers find themselves ill-prepared for the tasks before them; and, in the end, the companies and their customers experience product delays, quality issues, and organizational issues. Some managers pick up skills along the way. This book shortens that journey."

Most software developers, managers, executives, and investors do not even know what questions to ask their software organizations to help them determine whether their teams will succeed.

- Can you identify one owner for deliverables?

- Have you developed aggressive but accomplishable goals?

- Do you have a strategy and can your team articulate that strategy?

- Can you measure progress and issues?

- Do you have clear and efficient procedures?

This book includes these questions and provides practical answers and guidance for company success. There is a lot of preparation required to create an effective organization that can produce quality products on time and meet customer needs. In "100 Questions to Ask Your Software Organization," Mark Himelstein addresses organizational, financial, project, and human aspects of software management and will help prepare managers and their teams for success.

Software managers are not the only ones who can benefit from this book. It also provides insight for executives and investors of companies doing software development. "I intend to buy enough copies to hand out to all the engineering management within the Worldview portfolio," said Tim Weingarten, Partner, Worldview Technology Partners, a leading venture capital firm focused on investing in and building leading technology companies. "The principles in this book are critical building blocks to our company's success!" said Chris Brennan, CEO of enterprise log management startup, Loglogic, Inc.

The book is published by Infinity Publishing and is available immediately at their bookstore at http://www.bbotw.com/, and will be available shortly at Amazon.Com www.amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and other booksellers. The ISBN number is 0-7414-2739-7.

About Heavenstone, Inc.

Since its inception in 2005, Heavenstone, Inc. has helped its clientele achieve excellence through sound and thoughtful management practices. Heavenstone, Inc. can be found on the Worldwide Web at www.heavenstone.us

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