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Working with Coders: A Guide to Software Development for the Perplexed Non-Techie

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Get introduced to the fascinating world inhabited by the professional software developer. Aimed at a non-technical audience, this book aims to de-obfuscate the jargon, explain the various activities that coders undertake, and analyze the specific pressures, priorities, and preoccupations that developers are prone to. In each case it offers pragmatic advice on how to use th ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published August 2nd 2017 by Apress
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Anna
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I don't write reviews often these days but I just had to say a few words about this book.

It's BRILLIANT.

As a person who has worked in software development for some years, I had multiple "YES", "Exactly!" and "Spot on" moments while reading it. I wish more managers, product owners, stakeholders, bosses and other people, technical or otherwise, would read the book and grasp the wisdom.

There is nothing new in there. Alas, these simple truths about how to work with other people and how to not fail y
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Robert Ciesla
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In “Working with Coders” Gleeson imparts some practical advice for non-technically minded professionals on how to work best with those of a more technical persuasion (i.e. your coders and software developers). Gleeson effortlessly covers relevant concepts like Agile, a software building process, and Lean, a buzzword with quite a bit of support behind it.

Perhaps not surprisingly the book has a nice down-to-earthness to it. Although some basics of programming are covered, it’s not a coding manual.
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Dimitrios Mistriotis
I bought this book in order to see how the outside world sees "us" and also to get inspired from /steal some material for my material on www.itarchetypes.com. Got a 2 / 2 here.

I think it is the first book on the subject so as a trailblazer it deserves congratulations. In some chapters author tries to describe what programming is and there things are becoming a bit hard to follow. With these chapters skipped, the rest of it has some very nice insights and concepts that would be beneficial to book
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Stefan
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
IMHO it's a bit too verbose way of telling totally inexperienced, but aspiring, 'entrepreneurs' how to play a game of software development projects on 'easy' settings, occasionally talking to people actually doing the job (coders?, I guess testers, DevOps guys, UX team and others are just on holidays ;-). It's a nice premise for a book, but execution is rather poor. I gave it 3 🌟 mostly for the effort, as I don't recall reading anything modern trying to fill the human-coders void for a while now ...more
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Brilliant! Well written, understandable and inspiring.
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Really well written - explained lots of concepts very clearly, and made me want to find out more
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