Written for software developers in a project sense, it is of much more global impact to skills managers & leaders need. This is the reference book...moreWritten for software developers in a project sense, it is of much more global impact to skills managers & leaders need. This is the reference book (among several) that any working person should read, as it provides insight into how our managers can work better and how eventually we can be better managers. The snapshot it provides is the reference managers need to work effectively.
What DeMarco and Lister have provided is what could be read as a field manual for managers. Indeed if you consider that the some parts of US military is extremely effective at creating leaders and innovators (in addition to creating mega-bureaucracies and contradicting the innovation), then you can see how much management is a commonality that the military codified and mastered. Esprit de corp, small units, independence and responsibility, etc. are all elements that military's use, not because they developed them, but because they recognize they are a commonality in human management.
Of course this analogy can only be taken so far, but what DeMarco and Lister have provided is powerful deductive analysis based on the best theories we have, experience of effective management, and as much data as they could absorb. What's more they didn't jargonize it beyond the layman's ability to read, it's a book for anyone (as it should be). With over 50% of the business in the US being classified as small businesses, the ones who need to learn this are not highly educated business men (although I'm sure this wouldn't hurt many) it is the mom & pop shops that drive our economy.
I hope they are compelled to update this and write a 3rd edition, perhaps toned less for the software developers and more for the general public.(less)
Being a minor computer hacker (in the MIT sense of the word), loving history while being a futurist, being fascinated by human psychology, biological...moreBeing a minor computer hacker (in the MIT sense of the word), loving history while being a futurist, being fascinated by human psychology, biological motives, and having a love for practical anthropology, this book rocked my world.
Some have compared it to Tom Clancy, but Clancy has nothing on Suarez considering the real knowledge that Suarez puts into his books from a huge variety of sources (behavioral psychology, anthropology, physics, chemistry, government theory, mechanical engineering, behavioral engineering, pharmaceuticals, database engineering, computer virus, etc). Insofar as it's an intricate fast paced thriller that involves politics Suarez's initial novel is similar to Clancy, but as a 386 is to the pentium core duo, Suarez is exponential evolution forward.
The subtle and subtext of Suarez speaks to the inner geek in me. It's the modern geek's magnum opus. Although, it's strictly speaking SciFi, Suarez plays heavily on technologies that do exist in R&D or niche markets but haven't been used together in anything but imagination. No doubt you will see some of his imagination turn into real predictions.
For those who don't understand technology, this book is not for you, but for those who do, this should give you hours of thoughts to consider. Don't fear it's predictions, unless you fear the inevitable change in the first place. Embrace the imagination and inspiration that fellow geeks can learn from this and let's make our reality better then this.
Buy this book as you'll re-read it in the years to come.(less)
A topic I consider regularly, but one to which I was enlightened by his 12 years of research and his very reasoned approached to all of his topics. I...moreA topic I consider regularly, but one to which I was enlightened by his 12 years of research and his very reasoned approached to all of his topics. I look forwarded to applying his 5 questions at the end, as well as reading this book again with a view to more note taking. I do hope that some day we can find a textbook that inspires better history then our current lot, but perhaps it's enough to give our children the dual tools of seeking questions and then seeking answers to those questions.(less)