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For generations of software managers and team members who want their projects to succeed, Peopleware has earned a place on the short list of indispensable reading. Authors Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister were the first to recognize the centrality of managing human beings in the software development process — and to offer profound insights into doing that well. Software legend Joel Spolsky described this book as the “ Anti-Dilbert Manifesto”: it combines humor and wisdom to give practical advice that every software manager and developer can benefit from.


Now, for the first time in 13 years, DeMarco and Lister have updated this legendary classic. In addition to thoughtful updates and reorganization wherever necessary, they’ve added seven valuable new chapters on today’s most important challenges in software project management. Reflecting lengthy personal experience and deep wisdom, DeMarco and Lister bring new insights to:

  • Leadership
  • Managing generational differences
  • Coordinating distributed teams
  • Leading diverse Teams
  • Managing risk
  • Running more effective meetings
  • Using email more effectively

About the Author


T om DeMarco and Timothy Lister are principals of The Atlantic Systems Guild (www.systemsguild.com), a consulting firm specializing in the complex processes of system building, with particular emphasis on the human dimension. Together, they have lectured, written, and consulted internationally since 1979 on management, estimating, productivity, and corporate culture.

T om DeMarco is the author or coauthor of nine books on subjects ranging from development methods to organizational function and dysfunction, as well as two novels and a book of short stories. His consulting practice focuses primarily on expert witness work, balanced against the occasional project and team consulting assignment. Currently enjoying his third year teaching ethics at the University of Maine, he lives in nearby Camden.

Timothy Lister divides his time among consulting, teaching, and writing. Based in Manhattan, Tim is coauthor, with Tom, of Waltzing With Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects (Dorset House Publishing Co., Inc., 2003), and of Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior (Dorset House Publishing Co., Inc., 2008), written with four other principals of The Atlantic Systems Guild. He is a member of the IEEE, the ACM, and the Cutter IT Trends Council, and is a Cutter Fellow.


Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition

PART I: Managing the Human Resource

Chapter 1: Somewhere Today, a Project Is Failing

Chapter 2: Make a Cheeseburger, Sell a Cheeseburger

Chapter 3: Vienna Waits for You

Chapter 4: Quality–If Time Permits

Chapter 5: Parkinson’s Law Revisited

Chapter 6: Laetrile


PART II: The Office Environment


Chapter 7: The Furniture Police

Chapter 8: “You Never Get Anything Done Around Here Between 9 and 5.”

Chapter 9:  Saving Money on Space


Chapter 10: Brain Time Versus Body Time

Chapter 11: The Telephone

Chapter 12: Bring Back the Door

Chapter 13: Taking Umbrella Steps


PART III: The Right People


Chapter 14: The Hornblower Factor

Chapter 15: Let’s Talk About Leadership

Chapter 16: Hiring a Juggler

Chapter 17: Playing Well With Others

Chapter 18: Childhood’s End

Chapter 19: Happy to Be Here

Chapter 20: Human Capital


PART IV: Growing Productive Teams


Chapter 21: The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of the Parts

Chapter 22: The Black Team

Chapter 23: Teamicide

Chapter  24: Teamicide Revisited

Chapter 25: Competition

Chapter 27: A Spaghetti Dinner

Chapter 28: Open Kimono

Chapter 29: Chemistry for Team Formation


PART V: Fertile Soil


Chapter 30: The Self-Healing System

Chapter 31: Dancing With Risk

Chapter 32: Monologues, Meetings, and Conversations

Chapter 33: The Ultimate Management Sin Is . . .

Chapter 34: E(vil) Mail

Chapter 35: Making Change Possible

Chapter 36: Organizational Learning

Chapter 37: The Making of Community


PART VI: It’s Supposed to Be Fun to Work Here

Chapter 38: Chaos and Order

Chapter 39: Free Electrons

Chapter 40: Holgar Dansk




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Demarco, Tom
Addison-Wesley Professional
DeMarco, Tom
Dorset House
Lister, Timothy
Lister, Tim
Software Engineering-General
Programming - Software Development
peopleware; software engineering best practices; software project management; software project leadership; software teams; agile software; managing diverse software teams; software risk; software leadership; Mythical Man-Month
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