在这之后我出版的第一本书是《程序开发心理》（The Psychology of Computer Programming）。这是一本研究软件开发、测试和维护中的关于人的过程。该书现在已经是银版了（自第一次出版至今已经有25年），这充分说明了人们对于理解其工作中人文部分的渴求。很高兴这本《程序开发心理》也将成为这一中译本系列的其中一本。
我的对于思考的兴趣在这些书中都有体现，而在以下三本中尤其清楚：即《系统化思维导论》（An Introduction to General System Thinking，这本书也已经是银版了）；它的姊妹篇《系统设计的一般原理》（General Principles of Systems Design，这本书是与我的妻子Dani合著的，她是一名人类学者）；还有一本就是《你的灯亮着吗？--如何找到问题的真正所在》（Are Your Lights On? : How to Figure Out What the Problem Really Is，这本书是与Don Gause合著的）。我对思考的兴趣很自然地延伸到如何帮助他人去清楚思考的方法上，于是我又写作了这个系列中的其他三本书：《咨询的奥秘--成功提出和获得建议的指南》（The Secrets of Consulting : A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully）；《咨询的奥秘--咨询师的百宝箱》（More Secrets of Consulting: The Consultant's Tool Kit）；《走查、审查与技术复审手册》（The Handbook of Walkthroughs, Inspections, and Technical Reviews : Evaluating Programs, Projects, and Products，这本书已经是第3版了）。
随着年龄的增长，我逐渐认识到清晰的思维并不是获取技术成功的充分条件，就算是思维最清楚的人也还需要一些道德和情感方面的领导才能。因此我又写了《成为技术领导者--解决问题的有机方法》（Becoming a Technical Leader: An Organic Problem-Solving Approach）。随后我又出版了四卷《质量软件管理》（Quality Software Management），其内容涵盖了系统思维、优先度量、协调行动和变更预期等，所有这些都是技术项目取得成功的关键。
Gerald M. Weinberg
October 11, 2002
Preface to the Chinese Editions of Weinberg's Series
Last year, I was honored to learn that Tsinghua University Press intended to publish a series of my books in Chinese translations. As an author, I'm thrilled to know that my work will now be within reach of thousands more software engineers, managers, testers, consultants, and other people concerned with using technology to build a new and better world.
Early in my career, I wrote numerous highly technical books on computers and software, but as I gained experience, I learned that technology is worthless - even dangerous - if we don't pay attention to the human aspects of both its use and its construction. I decided to add the human dimension to my work, and bring that dimension to the attention of my readers.
After making that decision, the first book I published was The Psychology of Computer Programming, a study of the human processes that enter into the development, testing, and maintenance of software. That book is now in its Silver Anniversary Edition (more than 25 years in print), testifying to the desire of people to understand that human dimension to their work. I was very pleased to learn that The Psychology of Computer Programming will be one of the books in this series of Chinese translations.
Having my books translated gives me an opportunity to reflect on them as a collection, and to perceive what themes they have in common. As long as I can recall, I was interested in how people think, and when I was a young boy, the few computers in the world were often referred to as "giant brains." I thought that I might learn more about how people think by studying how these giant brains "thought." That's how I first became a computer programmer, and after almost 50 years of working with computers, I've learned a lot about how people think - but I still have far more to learn than I already know.
My interest in thinking shows in all of these books, but is especially clear in An Introduction to General System Thinking (now also in a Silver Anniversary edition); in its companion volume, General Principles of Systems Design (written with my wife, Dani, who is an anthropologist); and in Are Your Lights On? : How to Figure Out What the Problem Really Is (written with Don Gause). My interest naturally extended to methods of helping other people to think more clearly, which led me to write three other books in the series - The Secrets of Consulting : A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully; More Secrets of Consulting: The Consultant's Tool Kit; and the Handbook of Walkthroughs, Inspections, and Technical Reviews: Evaluating Programs, Projects, and Products (which is now in its third edition).
But as I grew older, I learned that clear thinking is not the only requirement for success in technology. Even the clearest thinkers require moral and emotional leadership, so I wrote Becoming a Technical Leader: An Organic Problem-Solving Approach, followed by my series of four Quality Software Management volumes. This series covers Systems Thinking, First-Order Measurement, Congruent Action, and Anticipating Change - all of which are essential for success in technical projects.
I have already begun to improve my own thinking and writing by working with the translators and seeing my work through different cultural eyes and brains. My fondest hope is that these translations will also help you, the reader, become more successful in your projects - and in your entire life. Thank you for reading them.
- Gerald M. Weinberg
11 October 2002