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Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (3rd Edition)

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Author/s    : Tom DeMarco, Tim Lister
Publisher   : Addison-Wesley Professional
Category   : Project Management, Process and Best Practices
Review by : Mohamed Sanaulla
Rating        : 9 horseshoes

Peopleware is a must read for Managers who want to explore and learn about different managerial responsibilities and learn about what not to be done while executing those responsibilities. The content is presented with a touch of humour so you need not be surprised if you are found laughing while you are reading. The authors have penned in their experience and what the have seen and learnt about managing people over the years. The book deals identifying right metrics to enable efficient management of IT projects citing the major factor deciding the fate of IT Projects is the people involved in it and not much due to the technological factors.

If you are not a manager yet- you will find some of the chapters/sections of the book interesting and helps you to know how things work at a managerial level. But there are other chapters which make you feel bored like the section on arranging office furniture.

There are lot of one liners through out the book which are really catchy. Few of which I have noted in the first few chapters of the book are:

- The main reason we tend to focus on the techincal rather than the human side of the work is not because it's more crucial, but because it's easier to do.
- People under time pressure don't work better- they just work faster.
- Quality is free, but only to those who are willing to pay heavily for it.

To conclude Peopleware is a MUST read for IT Projectr Managers and I will recommend this along with another great book: "The Mythical Man month".

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of CodeRanch.

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Jim Venolia
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Haven't read the newest edition, but I read this book 20 years ago. IMHO, it's one of the top 10 books all software types should read.

That said, I have to wonder why 90% of the managers I've worked under ignore 90% of this book


It's a no-brainer. We just need to take it to the next level to turn this into a win-win situation. The best practice is to get rid of the low-hanging fruit first. Ping me with an agenda so we can go flag up on this thing
 
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