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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 in software engineering history. You'll learn from veteran team leaders' successes and failures, told through a series of engaging personal stories — and interviews — by leading programmers, architects, project managers, and thought leaders.

This book includes 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 Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene, veteran software engineers and project managers who have been writing bestselling books for O'Reilly since 2005, including Applied Software Project Management, Head First PMP, and Head First C#.

Book News Annotation:

Can people who don't get along still build good software? Stellman and Greene, veteran software engineers and project managers, take readers behind the scenes of software engineering teams. Much of the book is composed of personal stories and interviews with leading programmers, architects, project managers, and thought leaders in the field, who offers insight into team dynamics, goals, obstacles, and software building practices. Contributors were recruited from many different industries and areas of interest, including defense, social organizing, academic research, and video game development, and from a range of companies, including biggies like NASA, Google, and Microsoft. The book ends with a brief section on music making and music producing, offering another perspective on what makes teams work well. B&w photos are included. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Bringing together highly recognized programmers and team leaders to explain management through entertaining stories, this work addresses the topics of managing people and bringing projects to a successful conclusion.

Synopsis:

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 in software engineering history. You'll learn from veteran team leaders' successes and failures, told through a series of engaging personal stories — and interviews — by leading programmers, architects, project managers, and thought leaders.

This book includes contributions from:

Tim O'ReillyScott BerkunMark HealeyBill DiPierreAndy LesterKeoki AndrusTom TarkaAuke JilderdaGrady BoochJennifer GreeneMike CohnCory DoctorowNeil SiegelTrevor FieldJames GrenningSteve McConnellBarry Boehm and Maria H. PenedoPeter GluckKarl E. WiegersAlex MartelliKarl FogelMichael CollinsKarl RehmerAndrew StellmanNed RobinsonScott AmblerJohanna RothmanMark Denovich and Eric RenkeyPatricia EnsworthAndy OramTony Visconti

Beautiful Teams is edited by Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene, veteran software engineers and project managers who have been writing bestselling books for O'Reilly since 2005, including Applied Software Project Management, Head First PMP, and Head First C#.

Synopsis:

What's it like to work on a great software development team facing an impossible problem? Beautiful Teams takes you behind the scenes with some of the most interesting software teams over the past 30 years. Through a series of fascinating personal stories from many of the industry's leading programmers, architects, project managers, and thought leaders, you'll go inside high-profile projects such as the development of Internet Explorer, the Boeing 777, Subversion, and some of the first Agile projects. Learn how extraordinary teams coped with challenges, and how their efforts led to superb — or disastrous — results. Contributors include: Scott Berkun, bestselling author of Myths of Innovation and Making Things Happen and former Microsoft Program Manager Barry Boehm, a developer at TRW in the 1980s and software engineering pioneer Patricia Ensworth, author of The Accidental Project Manager Karl Wiegers, author and principal consultant with Process Impact Karl Rhemer, a developer on the Boeing 777 project Ned Robinson, Sofware Development Life Cycle Mentor and Practice Leader, Bowne Management Systems James Grenning, engineer, consultant, and original signer of the Agile Manifesto Karl Fogel, formerly of CollabNet, Inc. and Google Inc., and part of the team that built Subversion Cory Doctorow, blogger, journalist, science fiction author, and copyright activist

This is not simply another book on the right and wrong ways to build software. Beautiful Teams offers contributions from people who made software engineering history. It's a must for people who have been part of a software development team, and a fascinating read for anyone interested in compelling stories about teamwork.

About the Author

Andrew Stellman, despite being raised a New Yorker, has lived in Pittsburgh twice. The first time was when he graduated from Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, and then again when he and Jenny were starting their consulting business and writing their first project management book for O'Reilly. When he moved back to his hometown, his first job after college was as a programmer at EMI-Capitol Records--which actually made sense, since he went to LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts to study cello and jazz bass guitar. He and Jenny first worked together at that same financial software company, where he was managing a team of programmers. He's since managed various teams of software engineers, requirements analysts, and led process improvement efforts. Andrew keeps himself busy eating an enormous amount of string cheese and Middle Eastern desserts, playing music (but video games even more), studying taiji and aikido, having a girlfriend named Lisa, and owing a pomeranian. For more information about Andrew, Jennifer Greene, and their books, visit http://www.stellman-greene.com.

Jennifer Greene studied philosophy in college but, like everyone else in the field, couldn't find a job doing it. Luckily, she's a great software tester, so she started out doing it at an online service, and that's the first time she got a good sense of what project management was. She moved to New York in 1998 to test software at a financial software company. She managed a team of testers at a really cool startup that did artificial intelligence and natural language processing. Since then, she's managed large teams of programmers, testers, designers, architects, and other engineers on lots of projects, and she's done a whole bunch of procurement management. She loves traveling, watching Bollywood movies, drinking carloads of carbonated beverages, and owing a whippet. For more information about Jennifer, Andrew Stellman, and their books, visit http://www.stellman-greene.com.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Why Beautiful Teams?
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Leadership
  • Part I: People
    • Chapter 2: Why Ugly Teams Win
    • Chapter 3: Building Video Games
    • Chapter 4: Building the Perfect Team
    • Chapter 5: What Makes Developers Tick
    • Chapter 6: Inspiring People
    • Chapter 7: Bringing the Music Industry into the 21st Century: One Lawsuit at a Time
    • Chapter 8: Inner Source
  • Part II: Goals
  • Part III: Practices
    • Chapter 15: Building a Team with Collaboration and Learning
    • Chapter 16: Better Practices
    • Chapter 17: Memories of TRW's Software Productivity Project: A Beautiful Team, Challenged to Change the CultureEditors' note: if you've worked on a software team in the past 20 years, you have been influenced by Barry Boehm. He was one of the first people to take a systematic approach to estimating and planning software projects. And many people (including us) believe that his pioneering Spiral Model is the direct predecessor to the modern idea of iterative development.
    • Chapter 18: Building Spaceships
    • Chapter 19: Succeeding with Requirements: A Drama in Three Acts
    • Chapter 20: Development at Google
    • Chapter 21: Teams and Tools
    • Chapter 22: Research Teams
    • Chapter 23: The HADS Team
  • Part IV: Obstacles
    • Chapter 24: Bad Boss
    • Chapter 25: Welcome to the Process: Step Inside, Step Inside, and See the Show
    • Chapter 26: Getting Past Obstacles
    • Chapter 27: Speed Versus Quality: Why Do We Need to Choose?
    • Chapter 28: Tight, Isn't It?
    • Chapter 29: Inside and Outside the Box
    • Chapter 30: Compiling the Voice of a Team
  • Part V: Music
  • Colophon

Product Details

ISBN:
9780596518028
Author:
Stellman, Andrew
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media
Editor:
Greene, Jennifer
Author:
Greene, Jenni
Author:
Greene, Jennifer
Author:
Fer
Subject:
Information technology
Subject:
Computer Science
Subject:
Management Information Systems
Subject:
Teams in the workplace
Subject:
Computer software -- Development.
Subject:
Internet-Information
Subject:
management;project management;team
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CourseSmart Subject Description
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
510
Dimensions:
9.19 x 7 x 1.27 in 1.98 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
Bringing together highly recognized programmers and team leaders to explain management through entertaining stories, this work addresses the topics of managing people and bringing projects to a successful conclusion.
"Synopsis" by , 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 in software engineering history. You'll learn from veteran team leaders' successes and failures, told through a series of engaging personal stories — and interviews — by leading programmers, architects, project managers, and thought leaders.

This book includes contributions from:

Tim O'ReillyScott BerkunMark HealeyBill DiPierreAndy LesterKeoki AndrusTom TarkaAuke JilderdaGrady BoochJennifer GreeneMike CohnCory DoctorowNeil SiegelTrevor FieldJames GrenningSteve McConnellBarry Boehm and Maria H. PenedoPeter GluckKarl E. WiegersAlex MartelliKarl FogelMichael CollinsKarl RehmerAndrew StellmanNed RobinsonScott AmblerJohanna RothmanMark Denovich and Eric RenkeyPatricia EnsworthAndy OramTony Visconti

Beautiful Teams is edited by Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene, veteran software engineers and project managers who have been writing bestselling books for O'Reilly since 2005, including Applied Software Project Management, Head First PMP, and Head First C#.

"Synopsis" by , What's it like to work on a great software development team facing an impossible problem? Beautiful Teams takes you behind the scenes with some of the most interesting software teams over the past 30 years. Through a series of fascinating personal stories from many of the industry's leading programmers, architects, project managers, and thought leaders, you'll go inside high-profile projects such as the development of Internet Explorer, the Boeing 777, Subversion, and some of the first Agile projects. Learn how extraordinary teams coped with challenges, and how their efforts led to superb — or disastrous — results. Contributors include: Scott Berkun, bestselling author of Myths of Innovation and Making Things Happen and former Microsoft Program Manager Barry Boehm, a developer at TRW in the 1980s and software engineering pioneer Patricia Ensworth, author of The Accidental Project Manager Karl Wiegers, author and principal consultant with Process Impact Karl Rhemer, a developer on the Boeing 777 project Ned Robinson, Sofware Development Life Cycle Mentor and Practice Leader, Bowne Management Systems James Grenning, engineer, consultant, and original signer of the Agile Manifesto Karl Fogel, formerly of CollabNet, Inc. and Google Inc., and part of the team that built Subversion Cory Doctorow, blogger, journalist, science fiction author, and copyright activist

This is not simply another book on the right and wrong ways to build software. Beautiful Teams offers contributions from people who made software engineering history. It's a must for people who have been part of a software development team, and a fascinating read for anyone interested in compelling stories about teamwork.

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