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3.0 out of 5 stars Style obscures content., 17 Mar 2003
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Mr. R. J. Jepps "Richard Jepps" (Cambridge UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Manager Pool: Patterns for Radical Leadership (Software Patterns Series) (Paperback)
The book contains 61 patterns which could mostly be described as "soft-skills for management". If you're a conservative hard-skills manager you might as well save your money - you're going to hate everything in this book, no matter how much you need it.
For everyone else there's some high quality content, in tune with the currently popular people-centric methodologies. The pattern format is ideal as it reduces the ideas to individual concepts, easily explained in 2-3 page chapters. However, the folksy American writing style and mnemonics make extracting the content much harder than it should be. In particular the pattern names could do with being translated into names that are meaningful outside of California for the benefit of the English-speaking world.
Another small but irritating point is that the patterns are not summarised on the inside cover in the incredibly useful GoF style. The 8 pattern summaries on the back cover show how close they came to getting this right.
To summarise - if you're a manager who believes in soft skills, and people-centric working practices, and you can cope with the excessive American cultural references, then there are some good ideas in short, digestible chapters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unable to relate to, 18 Aug 2007
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Dr. Andrew Brown (Bucks, England) - See all my reviews
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This was a book that I really couldn't relate to. Leafing through it appeared promising; short chapters, clear messages, understandable format. However, the whole book seemed too formularic and didn't address the messy realities of managing a software team. In addition, some to the chapters (i.e. Fall on the Grenade) just did not ring true for me.

For me, there are many better books out there that address the issues of managing in the software world.
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