Book: Peopleware - Productive Projects and Teams by Tom DeMarco and Tim Listercategories: Book, Technology, Technological Workers, Project Dynamics, Corporate Chemistry, Teams, Team Jell, Software Engineering
Tom DeMarcoabout this book: "The major problems of our work are not so much technological as sociological in nature".
Co-authors Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister take on problems of the tech workplace that aren't dealt with elsewhere. In this iconic book, they grapple with such complex matters as Why some organizations are familial and others aren't? Why some teams jell and others don't? Why tech work is sometimes deeply satisfying and other times only frustrating?
"The book approaches sociological or 'political' problems such as group chemistry and team jelling, "flow time" and quiet in the work environment, and the high cost of turnover. Other topics include the conflicts between individual work perspective and corporate ideology, corporate entropy, "teamicide" and workspace theory." – From Wikipedia's Peopleware article
"Peopleware has long been one of my two favorite books on software engineering. Its underlying strength is its base of immense real experience, much of it quantified. Many, many varied projects have been reflected on and distilled; but what we are given is not just lifeless distillate, but vivid examples from which we share the authors' inductions. Their premise is right: most software project problems are sociological, not technological. The insights on team jelling and work environment have changed my thinking and teaching. The third edition adds strength to strength."
— Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., Kenan Professor of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Author of The Mythical Man-Month and The Design of Design
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