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on 27 October 2016
Probably the best book on management I've ever read. Even better than "Slack". While it's written mainly in the context of managing software development teams, the principles - which often run quite contrary to common practice - apply just as well to managing any knowledge based workers, and even production lines. Despite being written decades ago, again the key principles still apply just as much today as they ever did - many of them probably even more so.

Even if you're not and never plan to be a manager it's still worth a read because it's so well written.

Probably my favourite non-fiction book and recommended to pretty much anyone with even the slightest interest in management, or looking for help in successfully and constructively criticising yours.
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on 24 July 2017
It's an interesting book especially in a historical context, the book was first published in 1987 and if you've studied Lean / TPS / Toyota Way some of the references to "production style management" will leave you twitching, but just try and breathe and remember it was short hand for the Sloan Management School of thought, not Lean/TPS which was widely unknown until the 90s, and certainly not known in any detail. I can see this book would have been golden in the 80s and 90s and really turning management styles on their heads. You can easily see parts of the birth of XP and Scrum in here.

As a book for modern management techniques it's dated, but to pick up some great examples and see the beginning of agile thinking this book is fascinating, and it will leave you wondering why so many good lessons still haven't been hammered home in many organisations.
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on 13 January 2014
This book has probably the best value per word of any book I read. If you're a manager or if you have a manager, then read this book. Read it every year so you don't forget, give it as a gift to every manager you come across in you professional career (if they don't already have it).

I won't give a summary of it so I won't spoil you the pleasure of reading this, because it IS a pleasure. The book is extremely well written, short and to the point. If I was allowed only one management book, it would be this one!
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on 19 July 2015
I went through my SCRUM Master certification a few weeks ago and this was one of the "further reading" recommended.

I have been a software developer for almost 30 years and have witnessed first hand so many "failures" (or so called "successes" that should have been labelled failures) that it is so refreshing to see that it does not have to be so complicated.
This should be mandatory read to anyone managing software projects.
It does not take long to read and would have improved so much most projects I participated in.

Well worth the time and money
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on 2 April 2015
Read this book. Then read it again. Read it once per year.

DeMarco and Lister have been around the block alright. There is so much "common sense" advice in this book about managing PEOPLE.

Your engineers need an enviroment to work in as you will discover in this text.
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on 16 June 2018
It is simply phenomenal. Impressive how the authors were able to do a clear analysis on a fuzzy subject as people on software development. The first edition was written decades ago and yet many companies do the same mistakes over and over again. We are the weakest link in Software Development.
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on 22 May 2015
I really like this book. This is basically a collection of things that have frustrated me during my career along with advice on how we can all start making better decisions about the work place. If you employee software developers, you really should have read this book already.
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on 6 April 2015
The first part of the book s theoretical and one of the best management books I have ever read. It clearly demonstrates the difference between working in an "assembly line"and working in a productive environment where you have to put thinking in it.
The second part is composed of experiments and technical stuff on how to make your office environment better which might not apply to everybody but I found useful to know as I identify some of these valuable stuff here and there.
If you have anything to do with management, start here.
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on 2 September 2017
If you are a manager -- or you plan to be one -- you need to read this book to be ready to the atrocities of the job! Also if you are not a manager, you should read this. Even if you are not in IT you should read this book.
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on 11 April 2014
I'm really enjoying reading this book, it's got some great suggestions and they're always backed up with interesting case studies and examples. As a Software Engineer it's certainly changed the way I look at work environments, teams and general practices.
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