A while a go George Fairbanks asked me to write a quote for his book: “Just Enough Software Architecture: A Risk-Driven Approach”.
I already read a statement paper about the idea for the book and reviewed a chapter of the book. I really liked the concept he had and was glad that he asked me. Which I believe is important when you write a quote. I wouldn’t want to write a recommendation for something I can’t support.
George then sent me the draft of the book. Since, I knew I had to write a quote I made notes about what I liked and what I could include in the quote. I hoped this would make it easier to write the recommendation. But when I started with the writing I had so many comments at the beginning that I didn’t know where to start. I then looked at many other quotes for technical book to get an idea what to write. But I was honestly disappointed most quotes are not book specific and could just be copy pasted to most tech book. so I decided to write something more specific which should help the reader in the buy decision.
Here is the end result:
“In many companies risk management is only a list of how projects could fail. Instead, this book shows you how to drive your architecture design based on risks. The book gives you a risk driven approach, and discusses good architectural practices, models, styles and techniques to create the architecture.”
You can see other quotes for this book here. Compared to some other quotes my quote doesn’t sound as exiciting as others. I know, that this would be the time to make a strong statement and maybe even exaggerate a little as this is common in the US culture. But, I also feel that I have to be true to myself. Another thing which I realized is that my recommendation is rather short compared to others and therefore doesn’t include much content. Maybe, reading some other book quotes gave me the wrong impression of the length. These might have been some of the reason, why my quote didn’t make it on the cover. Even though it would have been nice to make it on the cover, I am aware that the decision who will get on there is purely from a sales perspective. I am still grateful for this opportunity. I certainly learned a few things for my next book quote. If I ever get an opportunity again
The book has been published and can be purchased on Amazon.
I really enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend it to all software engineers who have to deal with project risk and design.
Please feel free to tell me what you think of my quote. I’m open for input!