Beautiful Teams: Inspiring and Cautionary Tales from Veteran by Andrew Stellman

By Andrew Stellman

What's it wish to paintings on an outstanding software program improvement workforce dealing with an very unlikely challenge? How do you construct an efficient workforce? Can a bunch of people that do not get alongside nonetheless construct reliable software program? How does a crew chief hold each person on course while the stakes are excessive and the agenda is tight?

Beautiful Teams takes you backstage with the most fascinating groups in software program engineering background. you will research from veteran group leaders' successes and screw ups, instructed via a chain of enticing own tales -- and interviews -- via major programmers, architects, undertaking managers, and notion leaders.

This ebook comprises contributions from:

  • Tim O'Reilly
  • Scott Berkun
  • Mark Healey
  • Bill DiPierre
  • Andy Lester
  • Keoki Andrus
  • Tom Tarka
  • Auke Jilderda
  • Grady Booch
  • Jennifer Greene
  • Mike Cohn
  • Cory Doctorow
  • Neil Siegel
  • Trevor Field
  • James Grenning
  • Steve McConnell
  • Barry Boehm and Maria H. Penedo
  • Peter Gluck
  • Karl E. Wiegers
  • Alex Martelli
  • Karl Fogel
  • Michael Collins
  • Karl Rehmer
  • Andrew Stellman
  • Ned Robinson
  • Scott Ambler
  • Johanna Rothman
  • Mark Denovich and Eric Renkey
  • Patricia Ensworth
  • Andy Oram
  • Tony Visconti

Beautiful Teams is edited by way of Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene, veteran software program engineers and venture managers who've been writing bestselling books for O'Reilly seeing that 2005, together with Applied software program undertaking Management, Head First PMP, and Head First C#.

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The center of our despair was called Channels. In 1997, the world was convinced that the future of the Web was in "push technology," the ability for websites to push content out to customers (a predecessor to the RSS feeds used by blogs today). Instead of people searching the Web, the content would be smart and find its way to people, downloading automatically and appearing in their bookmark list, on their desktops, in their email, or in desktop widgets and dashboards yet to be invented. We called this feature Channels, and it was led by a small team.

I do think his voice is perfect for it. " So, clearly you were leading this. As much as there were various factions within the team, groups of people who wanted to take it in different directions—creative tool versus straight-ahead platformer—you were pushing it. Do you consider yourself sort of a leader? What do you think characterizes a good leader? Mark: I think there's a few leaders here. I'm just one of them. And at any one time one of us will shout louder than the others if we feel more passionate about it.

And all teams have some drama. Even if they produce something solid and amazing, they all have to overcome the same challenges that come with people working with other people. Once we realized that, we started looking back through our own careers, and our own teams. What we found was that our most successful teams really weren't always the ones with the best programmers. They were the ones where everyone worked really well together. In the end, teams are made up of people, and people are the most important part of the equation.

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