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Beautiful Teams: Inspiring and Cautionary Tales from Veteran Team Leaders
 
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Beautiful Teams: Inspiring and Cautionary Tales from Veteran Team Leaders [Format Kindle]

Andrew Stellman , Jennifer Greene
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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#.


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Un recueil d'interview, récits de très nombreux auteurs, tournant autour du même sujet : la notion d'équipe.
Certaines histoires sont très émouvantes.
Toutes sont instructives.
Une lecture saine pour un jeune chef d'équipe ou chef de projet qui se cherche.
Peut-être un peu long, mais ca se lit bien.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Something for absolutely everyone 29 juin 2009
Par Jim Brosseau - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a brilliant book, capped off with an excellent interview with record producer Tony Visconti, who reveals that the principles behind great teams transcend the genre of software development. From the value of knowing his people to diligent tracking of work charts built by everyone and collaboration in general, it is no surprise that that Tony's experience with musicians sounds a lot like a great software project. He admonishes that we should all devote our downtime to learning new stuff, and this book provides plenty of insights for any of us.

The many contributors step back from advancing their usual prescriptions to celebrate their own successes (and yes, challenges) within teams. In this celebration, they provide some of the best insights that we can carry forward into our own careers.

Whether Jennifer Greene draws wondrous team memories from the ashes of a dot-com failure, Keoki Andrus' shares a healthy respect for innovation and creative play to inspire a team, or engaging stories by Karl Wiegers and many others capture great team experiences, the variety in Beautiful Teams will keep you rapt like few other technical books.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant Collection! 13 juillet 2009
Par Tanya Bhasin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is great! It's a very quick read, and it was actually fun! I've been looking for insight into teamwork and software teams, and I was definitely not disappointed. To be honest, going into it I wasn't really sure what to expect. It dives straight into an interview with Tim O'Reilly about leadership, and he immediately starts talking about teams, creativity, design, open source, but in a way that all tied together and made sense. Then came an essay called "Why Ugly Teams Win," by Scott Berkun, who wrote about his experience on a team at Microsoft. I thought the combination of "higher" ideas and practical, real-world experience, right next to each other, worked extremely well.

The book is divided into sections called People, Goals, Practices, Obstacles and Music. When I first saw that, I was surprised by the last section. But it turned out to be one of my favorite parts of the book. It's got an interview with Tony Visconti, and what he says about working with musicians actually made a lot of sense, and I could see exactly why it made sense as the last chapter in the book. All of the chapters stand on their own, and they all make different points about teams. It's easy to just go right through them, from front to end. It's a unique collection, and in my opinion it's definitely worth your time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A wonderful collection of stories about beautiful teams 8 juillet 2009
Par Abby Fichtner - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Beautiful Teams is a wonderful collection of stories by great names in software about their experiences with teams. From Mike Cohn, Scott Ambler, Grady Booch, Steve McConnell, Scott Berkun, Johanna Rothman, James Grenning... And even a few non-software folks who make the stories that much more compelling because they transcend discipline.

The book is broken into 4 main sections - one each for the primary themes that come up when talking about beautiful teams: People, Goals, Practices, and Obstacles. One of my favorites is Scott Berkun's Why Ugly Teams Win, which proclaims "real heroes are ugly. They are misfits." Citing as examples The Ramones, The Dirty Dozen, and The Bad News Bears. "Once the members of an ugly team have earned each others' trust, they will outperform the rest of any organization."

It's a book that can't help but make you smile as you think of your own experiences with great teams and what makes them so awesome to be part of. I don't know that there's the answer to how to build a beautiful team in here, it is more a book of tales. But it is definitely a topic we will do well to be thinking more about in software development and a fun book to read.

And, again, I love Scott Berkun's advice, "Stop complaining about your coworkers. Instead, get your team and your boss to read Beautiful Teams." Indeed!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Uneven writing, great content 8 juin 2009
Par James Holmes - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book's a good read and a nice addition to your bookshelf, although its uneven writing style and fractured voice detract from some great tidbits.

Beautiful Teams is a collection of interviews and essays by various folks in and around the software industry. Each chapter is a great interview with folks like Steve McConnell or Scott Ambler, or an essay-like article from Mike Cohn or Corey Doctorow. Chapters are slotted into broad sections dealing with individuals, goals, practices, obstacles, and music - as in how parallels can be drawn between musicians in a band and members of software teams.

The uneven writing style and fractured voice can be somewhat expected since each author wrote their own articles, but tighter editing could have really polished up the chapters and made the book more cohesive. The tone of many of the articles made it seem they were drawn directly from the authors' blogs - another point for having had some tighter editing. I also wished that each chapter had an introduction/bio about the author. While these people are supposed industry leaders, there were quite a few authors I wasn't familiar with, so I was left wondering what their accomplishments were that made them a target to get in the book.

Complaints aside, I got very good value from reading the book. The wisdom in several articles around dealing with team dynamics was exceedingly useful, and I also found it good backup to read industry leaders pointing out it's important to move poor performers or negative influences off teams.

Several chapters really stood out for me: Grady Booch's interview on creating team cultures, James Grenning's article on implementing extreme programming (XP) in a heavily bureaucratic shop during XP's early days, and Steve McConnell's interview about improving team skills, morale, and practices.

Booch's interview really struck home due to his discussion of working on geographically distributed teams. I'm a remote worker and am far away from everyone I work with at Telligent, so this was particularly interesting to me. Booch's comments on the importance of trust between team members and dealing with cultural issues really struck home - he emphasized that technology isn't the limiting factor on poor-performing distributed teams.

Greening's experience pushing for change was a great read. The tone and style are clunky, but the content's gold. Greening was learning XP in its earliest days and worked hard to get an XP team going on a project in a very tight-laced, policy-ridden company. The number one takeaway from me from this article was something I'm already a huge believer in: culture change will utterly fail if you don't have management and leadership that actively supports the change.

I've yet to read anything from Steve McConnell that wasn't ridden with great wisdom, and his interview in this book certainly kept that tradition. His points on helping establish a team identity were highly useful. I loved his commentary on the asinine failure (my words) of companies to budget funds for team and morale building. It makes no sense that companies will spend millions on payroll, yet do nothing to build and grow team morale.

Overall I've really enjoyed reading this book. It's one of the few I'll keep around on my bookshelf.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you have ideas on how to manage teams, don't read this book 5 août 2010
Par Mak K. Loong - Publié sur Amazon.com
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No one is encouraged to pick up this book at all UNLESS:
1. You don't mind drawing your own conclusions from stories.
2. You like to see how others think, rather than have them think on your behalf.
3. You want to learn from the mistakes of others.

If anything, this book is excellent in its execution - the editors do not herd their writers towards any sort of communal agreement. There is no one-two-three step formula to follow to create a good team. In that, the book helps you to recognise that even building or managing a good team depends very much on the people that you are dealing with, and the situation. There is no one way to fix up a perfect team!

I love the way writers are willing to share from their experiences without dictating the way forward. No self-pompous, self-righteous, do-it-my-way-or-the-highway approaches. They explain their rationale, and you get a clear idea of how best to think, rather than how best to do, and then you can run with that.

Excellent. A must read for anyone who's probably not stuck in an MBA mindset. (Nothing against MBAs, everything against wholly structured thinking, such as KPIs)
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