Beautiful Teams: Inspiring and Cautionary Tales from Veteran Team Leaders

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Mar 21, 2009 - Computers - 510 pages

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#.

 

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Contents

Leadership
1
Part One
11
Why Ugly Teams Win
15
Building Video Games
21
Building the Perfect Team
33
What Makes Developers Tick
47
Inspiring People
59
Bringing the Music Industry into the 21st Century
75
Building Spaceships
225
Succeeding with Requirements
241
Development at Google
257
Teams and Tools
269
Research Teams
291
The HADS Team
299
Part Four
313
Bad Boss
317

Inner Source
103
Part Two
113
Creating Team Cultures
117
Putting the I in Failure
127
Planning
135
The Copyfighters Take Mordor
153
Defending the Free World
159
Saving Lives
169
Part Three
179
Building a Team with Collaboration and Learning
183
Better Practices
197
Memories of TRWs Software Productivity Project
213
Welcome to the Process
335
Getting Past Obstacles
349
Speed Versus Quality
361
Tight Isnt It?
379
Inside and Outside the Box
409
Compiling the Voice of a Team
431
Part Five
445
Producing Music
449
Contributors
463
Index
473
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