Steven C. McConnell is an author of many software engineering textbooks including Code Complete, Rapid Development, and Software Estimation. He is often cited as an expert in software engineering and project management. In 1998, McConnell was named as one of the three most influential people in the software industry by Software Development magazine, along with Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds.
McConnell graduated with a Bachelor's degree in philosophy, minoring in computer science, at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), and a master's degree in software engineering from Seattle University. He then pursued a career in the desktop software industry, working at Microsoft, Boeing, the Russell Investment Group and several other Seattle area firms. At Microsoft, McConnell worked on TrueType as part of Windows 3.1. At Boeing, he worked on a Strategic Defense Initiative project.
McConnell published his first book, Code Complete, in 1993. As of March 2007 he has been the CEO and Chief Software Engineer of Construx Software, a software engineering consulting firm he founded in 1996.
From 1996 to 1998, he was the editor of the "Best Practices" column in the IEEE Software magazine. From 1998 to 2002, he served as the editor-in-chief of the magazine. Since 1998, he has served on the Panel of Experts of the SWEBOK project. He has also served as the chair of the IEEE Computer Society's Professional Practices Committee. Since March 2006 McConnell has been a member of the executive committee for the Computer Society's Technical Council on Software Engineering.
- Code Complete editions 1 (1993) ISBN 1-55615-484-4. Second edition (2004) ISBN 0-7356-1967-0
- Rapid Development (1996) ISBN 0-07-285060-4
- Software Project Survival Guide (1998) ISBN 1-57231-621-7
- After the Gold Rush: Creating a True Profession of Software Engineering (1999) ISBN 0-7356-0877-6
- Professional Software Development: Shorter Schedules, Higher Quality Products, More Successful Projects, Enhanced Careers (2004) ISBN 0-321-19367-9 (revised and expanded "de facto 2nd edition" of After the Gold Rush)
- Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art (2006) ISBN 0-7356-0535-1
Service and memberships
- Construction Knowledge Area Lead (2003–2004), Panel of Experts (1998–2007) SWEBOK
- Member (1998–2007), chair (2003–2005) IEEE Computer Society Professional Practices Committee
- Editor in chief (1998–2002), columnist (1996–1998), editor in chief emeritus (2003–2007) IEEE Software magazine
- Member, Executive Committee of the IEEE Computer Society's Technical Council on Software Engineering (TCSE) (1998–2006)
- Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP)
- Seattle University's "Alumni of the Year for Professional Accomplishment" award (2004)
- IEEE Computer Society Golden Core (2003)
- "40 Under 40" award (one of 40 top regional business leaders under 40 years of age), Puget Sound Business Journal (2000)
- Software Development Magazine Productivity Award for After the Gold Rush (2000)
- Software Development Magazine Productivity Award for ESTIMATE Professional estimation software (1999)
- Game Developer magazine Front Line Award for Software Project Survival Guide (1997)
- Software Development Magazine Jolt Award for Rapid Development (1997)
- Software Development Magazine Jolt Award for Code Complete (1994)
- Michael Krigsman (July 23, 2010). "Top thinkers in project management today". ZDNet. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
- Gregory B. Russell (2007). "A systems analysis of complex software product development dynamics and methods". DSpace@MIT. MIT. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
- Detlev J. Hoch, ed. (2000). Secrets of Software Success: Management Insights from 100 Software Firms. Harvard Business Press. p. 191. ISBN 1578511054. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
- Dwayne Phillips (2004). The Software Project Manager's Handbook: Principles That Work at Work. John Wiley & Sons. p. 472. ISBN 0471674206. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
- Stwart Baird (2002). SAMS Tech Yourself Extreme Programming in 24 Hours. SAMS Publishing. p. 406. ISBN 0672324415. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
- Andy Oram, Greg Wilson, ed. (2010). Making Software: What Really Works, and Why We Believe It. O'Reilly Media. p. 580. ISBN 978-0-596-80832-7. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
- Steve McConnell; Scott Berkun (2009). "Better Practices: An Interview with Steve McConnell". In Andrew Stellman, Jennifer Greene. Beautiful Teams: Inspiring and Cautionary Tales from Veteran Team Leaders. O'Reilly Media. p. 205. ISBN 059680492X. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
- Warren Harrison (2003). "Our 20th Anniversary". IEEE Software 20 (6): 5–7. doi:10.1109/MS.2003.10026.
- "Professional Software Development". stevemcconnell.com. Construx. Retrieved 2015-04-13.