Kill It With Fire

Manage Aging Computer Systems (And Future Proof Modern Ones)

248 pages

Published March 23, 2021 by No Starch Press, Incorporated.


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3 stars (1 review)

Kill It with Fire examines aging computer systems, the evolution of technology over time, and how organizations can modernize, maintain, and future-proof their current systems. "Kill it with fire," the typical first reaction to a legacy system falling into obsolescence, is a knee-jerk approach that often burns through tons of money and time only to result in a less efficient solution. This book offers a far more forgiving modernization framework, laying out smart value-add strategies and proven incremental techniques that work equally well for ancient systems and brand-new ones. Internationally known for restoring some of the world's oldest, messiest computer networks to operational excellence, software engineering expert Marianne Bellotti distills key lessons and insights from her experience into practical, research-backed guidance on topics from "chaos" testing solutions to building momentum-driven teams and effective communication structures. Using clear explanations and simple exercises, she'll help you determine when to modernize, how to …

A great resource for managers working with legacy systems

3 stars

This is a great resource for working with legacy systems. Actually, it is mostly about working with people, which is appropriate. Creating and using software is often about working with people and reifying workflow processes in software.

I had it recommended to me as a good book for non-legacy systems as well. There are some good points about when to modernize a system and avoiding chasing shiny new technology.

I didn't find it helpful to a software engineer such as myself, but I could see the value in a manager reading it, which is appropriate as Marianne is coming from an engineering management perspective.