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Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (3rd Edition) by [DeMarco, Tom, Lister, Tim]
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Few books in computing have had as profound an influence on software management as Peopleware . The unique insight of this longtime best seller is that the major issues of software development are human, not technical. They’re not easy issues; but solve them, and you’ll maximize your chances of success.


Peopleware has long been one of my two favorite books on software engineering. Its underlying strength is its base of immense real experience, much of it quantified. Many, many varied projects have been reflected on and distilled; but what we are given is not just lifeless distillate, but vivid examples from which we share the authors’ inductions. Their premise is right: most software project problems are sociological, not technological. The insights on team jelling and work environment have changed my thinking and teaching. The third edition adds strength to strength.”

— Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., Kenan Professor of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Author of The Mythical Man-Month and The Design of Design

Peopleware is the one book that everyone who runs a software team needs to read and reread once a year. In the quarter century since the first edition appeared, it has become more important, not less, to think about the social and human issues in software develop¿ment. This is the only way we’re going to make more humane, productive workplaces. Buy it, read it, and keep a stock on hand in the office supply closet.”

—Joel Spolsky, Co-founder, Stack Overflow

“When a book about a field as volatile as software design and use extends to a third edition, you can be sure that the authors write of deep principle, of the fundamental causes for what we readers experience, and not of the surface that everyone recognizes. And to bring people, actual human beings, into the mix! How excellent. How rare. The authors have made this third edition, with its additions, entirely terrific.”

—Lee Devin and Rob Austin, Co-authors of The Soul of Design and Artful Making


For this third edition, the authors have added six new chapters and updated the text throughout, bringing it in line with today’s development environments and challenges. For example, the book now discusses pathologies of leadership that hadn’t previously been judged to be pathological; an evolving culture of meetings; hybrid teams made up of people from seemingly incompatible generations; and a growing awareness that some of our most common tools are more like anchors than propellers. Anyone who needs to manage a software project or software organization will find invaluable advice throughout the book.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2699 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0321934113
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 3 edition (15 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DY5A8X2
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,914 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Read for All Software Developers, Managers and Directors 31 July 2015
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This is a must-read for every professional software engineer, even if you don't have aspirations to become an engineering manager. This book will help you understand the mindset of typical business bureaucrats and teach you how to present your ideas to these types of people so that you can get the tools (and time) you need to do your job right. If you do want to become an engineering manager, the book will also show you how to protect your developers from unnecessary distractions and how to retain developers who could get a high-paying job anywhere they like.

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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic - It should be read by everyone in the software industry 25 November 2013
By alejandro claro - Published on
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Do not misunderstand the score. The second edition of the book deserves 5 ​​stars. The only reason why I select 4 is because the upgrade and the new material does not significantly reflect the 13 years that have passed since the last edition.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars if you get only one book on social dynamics on a team this should be it. 23 July 2014
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Probably the best book social dynamics in the workplace I have ever read. Alas, it's the only one that I've read.

There are many books on management, leadership and social dynamics. I've a few. I know people who have read a lot more. This book cuts across topics discussed in multiple books in much shorter language. This book also ties together topics that other books do not. I, personally, found it easier to read everything from one book quickly rather than figure it out from matching up several ones.

Fast read. Well written. Gets to the point. Has a very modern philosophy on teams.


HOWEVER the authors of this book focus primarily on one style of project work, that being working on teams. In fact they focus almost exclusively on a concept I know as "self-directed teams."

Other ways groups of people can work together is rarely discussed.

Also some of the recommendations will likely not be possible to implement depending on your position in the company. For example, a team manager may not have a say on who is welcome on his/her team. If someone is not working out, he/she may not have the option of getting rid of that person. Also, people who very obviously should not belong on the same team may be forced into that work arrangement despite everyone's protests. HR may do that. It's nice to read that that team won't work, but ... everyone knew that already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very important book for people involved in software development 5 January 2016
By Paul Salmon - Published on
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This is an important book highlighting the importance of people in the development of software. Too often our focus is on the technical challenges of developing software and this book brings us back to people and teams. Much of the content in this book has been advanced in other books, however there is still a lot of value here for people involved in the software development. I was recommended this book by an exceptional developer in 1998 and it has made a huge impact on my perspective during my career.
4.0 out of 5 stars Must read for any leader 13 January 2017
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As a team contributor, I found myself often thinking, "I wish" to many concepts and unfortunately, relating to many of the management failures noted in this book. As a leader, I've tried a few the suggestions in the book with success (and experienced the same cited criticisms). For leaders, the book serves as an affirmative, supportive, and directive resource. I especially appreciated how well it explains why management is so challenging and yet so worth it.