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Peopleware – Interim notes

I am reading ‘Peopleware – Productive Projects and Teams, Second Edition by Tom DeMarco & Timothy Lister’. It is an enjoyable read. I will post the complete notes within a couple of days, once I finish the book. But I couldn’t resist posting a few notes / quotes or whatever you call it. It is an exciting read and I heartily recommend it for anyone who has worked in teams for a couple of years.

“…Workaholics – Workaholics eventually realize they have sacrificed a more important value (family, love, home, youth) for a less important value (work). Managers who exploit their workaholic employees eventually lose them. The key is to get ‘meaningful productivity…’ .

“…There ain’t No Such Thing as Overtime – There will usually be an hour of ‘undertime’ for every hour of overtime. There may be short term advantages but certainly no long term ones. Nobody can really sustain the intensity required for creative work more than 40 hours a week. Overtime is life sprinting, you have to slow down to catch your breath later, it doesn’t make sense in a marathon. The best workers just ignore managers who often request that they sprint…”

“….Reprise – People under time pressure don’t work better; they just work faster. In order to work faster, they may have to sacrifice the quality of the product and their own job satisfaction…”

“…Visual supervision is a joke for development workers. Visual Supervision is for prisoners…”

“… Parkinson’s Law almost certainly doesn’t apply to your people…”, “… Treating your workers as Parkinsonian doesn’t help. It can only demean and demotivate them…”

“… The structure of a team is a network, not a hierarchy. For all the deference paid to the concept of leadership (a cult word in our industry), it just doesn’t have much place here…”

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  1. Jennifer
    July 31, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Well said.

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