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Beautiful Teams: Inspiring and Cautionary Tales from Veteran Team Leaders

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What's it like to work on a great software development team facing an impossible problem? How do you build an effective team? Can a group of people who don't get along still build good software? How does a team leader keep everyone on track when the stakes are high and the schedule is tight?Beautiful Teams takes you behind the scenes with some of the most interesting teams...more
ebook, 510 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by O'Reilly Media (first published January 1st 2009)
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Stephen Mullins
While I enjoyed several chapters in this book, I found a lot of the content to be repetitive. Many of the chapters operated within the theme that difficult situations can forge a group of coworkers into a cohesive team. I was expecting a lot more concrete information about how to form teams and improve them (a la Peopleware), but instead found myself reading hundreds of pages that just reiterated dealing with programmers is hard, communication is the key.

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Derek Neighbors
This book switched off between stories from people in the industry and interviews from people in the industry. A few of the stories were really good. Humorous with lots of take aways. The rest were painful to read as they just dragged on. It was fascinating hearing about September 11th from two different story tellers. The interview sections in general were good, when the authors would get out of the way. They seemed more interested in telling their own story instead of just asking a question an...more
Very good reading that not only software development people can enjoy; some anecdotes and interviews may seem more on the entertainment side, but are generally quite enjoyable and have a couple of development or management tips between the lines.
A must read for every Project Manager and Team Member !
For chapter-wise summary of this book, visit my professional blog.
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