Peopleware is a term popularised by classic management book called “Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams” by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister. It was published in 1987, with the 2nd edition published in 1999, by Dorset Horse. I have since been a fan of their management goods including goodies like The Psychology of Computer Programming by Gerald Weinberg and Becoming a Technical Leader: An Organic Problem-Solving Approach also by Weinberg.
Basically what the book talks about are the authors’ experiences managing project team in the software industry. Despite that, many management gems arise that are applicable to most if not all parts of the IT industry and even those outside. Many management books talks about control, delegation, budgeting and managing people, however, “people management” is usually more theoretic and a token sum in their books. Read the rest of this entry »