Improving Software Engineering Practices through Applied Psychology Explored in New Book from John R. Fox

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Software engineering languishes with many seemingly insurmountable problems. In an effort to improve software best practices, the non-technical aspects must also be considered.

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Compared to years past, many of the problems in software engineering today are not technical in nature.

Software veteran John R. Fox has seen software development from all sides. In his new book, Digital Work in an Analog World, he explores the psychological side of software engineering in an effort to improve the industry’s track record.

Many of the challenges facing software development organizations today are not technical in nature. Rather they involve intensive teamwork and dealing effectively with the business units that drive the demand for new or improved software.

Fox’s exhaustive book features research and personal accounts on Software Teams, Cultural Impacts, Decision Making, Social Intelligence, Personality, Technical Leadership and more.

States Fox, “My major in college was Psychology, but I’ve been in the Software business for over 25 years. I’ve always wanted to explore the links between the two subjects and what my research found was intriguing.”

Fox believes that software professionals working directly in the field can use this book as a means to enhance their careers. Even those peripherally involved in software engineering will gain valuable insights into the nuances of various software practices and how they might be enhanced in their organization.

The book is available from the author at, from the publisher, Studio City Media Endeavors and through various on-line book retailers.

John R. Fox has written software related feature articles for numerous local and national publications. Fox began his career as a systems programmer and is currently Chief Operating Officer for SWAT Solutions, a software quality consultancy.

Fox has a B.A. in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College and resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area.


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