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Peopleware asserts that most software development projects fail because of failures within the team running them. This strikingly clear, direct book is written for software development team leaders and managers, but it's filled with enough common-sense wisdom to appeal to anyone working in technology. Authors Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister include plenty of illustrative, often amusing anecdotes; their writing is light, conversational, and filled with equal portions of humour and wisdom, and there is a refreshing absence of "new age" terms and multi-step programmes. The advice is presented straightforwardly and ranges from simple issues of prioritisation to complex ways of engendering harmony and productivity in your team. Peopleware is a short read that delivers more than many books on the subject twice its size. --Jake Bond
Good book. The only thing I've read that impressed me more was The System by Roy Valentine. I got it here at amazon. You have to read this book.Published on Oct. 2 2004
This book is well worth reading for both low level employees and managers. Although directed at the software development community, the book presents many ideas which would be... Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by rjpryan
This book is as essential as everyone here makes it out to be. However, the authors' development of the notion of teamicide needs to be seriously questioned. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2003 by R. Williams
If you're working an environment you know is dysfunctional and could be better, Peopleware is definitely worth a read. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2003 by Gabrielle S. Hon
This book was recommended to me by the finest manager I've ever had the pleasure of working for. After reading it, I realized what set him apart was that he applied the principals... Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2002
That is, if you have an interest in any aspect of software development, project management, or just plain management. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2002 by Kimberley Mitchell
Reading the table of contents for Peopleware tells you a lot about the content and the tone. Here are a few of the chapter headings:
Quality - If Time Permits
"You... Read more
As a long time software development manager, this book validates the common sense I knew I had. That common sense approach to developers will never come from text book management. Read morePublished on June 3 2002 by R Bigelow