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Posted September 2, 2005
The way Programmers would like it to be
Fantastic book about the people side of software development. The ideas in this book, and the typical corporate environment, are worlds apart. My experience has been that managers either don't know this stuff, or if they do know it, then they feel that they would just have to go out on too much of a limb to implement these ideas. This is a shame because most for the concepts in this book are the very things that enable software developers to thrive. One of the main ideas that resonated with me was the idea of giving developers enough private space. I have never been a fan of open plan office space. I think that it works well for some professions, but not all, and certainly not for software developers. Legend has it that Microsoft lets each developer have their own office which they can furnish as they please. One programmer is supposed to have brought in bucket-loads of sand to make his office into a beach ! If you are a Manager then read this book and implement as much as you can. Otherwise buy a copy and leave it on your Managers desk.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 12, 2002
The main goal of this book is that it encourages the software developers and their management to think about they way they create the software. Software development is the ¿research¿, not the ¿production¿, and the stimulus and processes that work well in for example metallurgy will harm software development. The authors show the consequences of borrowing organizational processes from other areas to software. They encourage to focus on the people rather than to process. Although the textual work of the authors is marvelous, the quality of the printed book (paperback edition) is awful. The paper is thin and translucent, showing the lines from the other pages, the interline spacing is too low, turning a page to a big mess. That's why I've rated the book four stars. The information in this book is very accurate, without pure assertions. The authors always are giving full references if they are providing figures or studies. The authors have a good sense of humor, and it is the great pleasure to read this book. The information is given in the very dense manner: the other authors might have needed ten volumes to express what Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister has put in this small book. I strongly recommend this book to any individual involved in software development, as well as ¿Agile Software Development¿ by Alistair Cockburn. These books aren¿t from ¿ten steps to success¿ series. They encourage deep, creative approach to the topic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.