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on January 19, 2011
You know that this book is special the moment you touch it and start turning the page and acquiring the wealth of scientifically-backed and radical information on it. In some ways, I think the tile of this book is a misnomer since the principles shared by the author in this book should be able to transcend management not just of software or agile development teams but management of different businesses as well.
The book in itself is a joy to read (especially if you progressed through each chapter) as you can see the writer's ability to challenge your thinking and common ground beliefs on typical management.
The writer's engaging way of delivering his ideas through the book will be totally thought-provoking, as it normally dwells against the common ways with which management is understood. It approaches management in a totally different but sensible manner that hits the question right off its mark.
One aspect of the book that I think would make it stand out is the entertaining illustrations (done by the author himself) which further explains the message that he is trying to convey to us. Special mention goes to Martie, the Management Model, depicted by a 6-eyed monster which in some manner is a conundrum of how traditional management is perceived (like a monster), but in the book's context, the monster could very well be the agent that would help the team achieve its undertakings and reach its goals together.
The book is not just to Managers or people doing software development, but to all people who wants to learn the science and complexity of management. There's just so much to learn in this book that by the time you would have finished reading it, you would wonder how someone could have so much of a grasp about team mechanics and management in general and be able to spread the idea in such a sensible manner.
Simply put, this book is A-W-E-S-O-M-E and would change the way you perceive about management.
Oh, and another thing, I actually thought that Martie is an alter ego of author - someone so different, radical and at the same time knowledgeable that you would think he may be from another planet.