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Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams Paperback – February 1, 1999
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The world of software development is becoming increasingly more important as computer technology improves and we desperately need better software engineers. Don't let yourself become a 'hack,' sitting in meetings all day and never writing a single line of code; free yourself from distractions, achieve your programming 'flow' and make the software engineering world a better place by reading this book!
This book should be read by all those working in the software industry or intends to. Regardless of the job (software engineer , QA engineer , lead , manager, etc.), this book is full of wisdom and experience that applies to any work environment that everyone must know.
Undoubtedly, it can be classified as a classic. This is in the top-10 books that everyone who has a job related to software development should read.
The only downside is that I hoped that this edition include more analysis and ideas after the big agile movement in the last decade. There are some comments but not a rich analysis. This edition is only a very small upgrade to the great classic.
A new book that is emerging as a great complement candidate to this classic is "Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams". I have not finished reading it, but so far looks promising.
If I was a manager at a typical and mediocre corporation, I would not recommend this book too much-- it is hell fighting against corporate culture. However if you work for the best or you are starting a business and want to be the best, this book is extremely important. (If you are a manager working at a mediocre corporation, start your own business or get hired by a better company after you read this book!)
The main premise of the book is that people matter more than management or technology. Any business leader worth his salt knows these two points, yet most managers or leaders ignore them. This book helps give form to the ideals and specific guidance to get there. It is well recommended to everyone who manages software projects.
Really needs a serious update.
Plus, for me, as a 30+ year software veteran, it is depressing. We knew all this information 30 years ago, but so little has changed. When I read this book I was in a 10'x12' office with walls and a door. Now, I'm in a 6'x6' cubicle. All it reinforced to me is that corporations don't care about people or engineer productivity. All they care about is this quarter's bottom line. They argue that the furniture police say cubes are just as productive as offices. I've never heard that argument. All I ever hear is that cubes are cheaper than offices. The furniture police don't care about productivity, because they are not measured on that. They are measured on cost savings on facility space. As long as that's a larger consideration than engineer productivity, we will never win this battle.