Suzan Andrade Andrade din Kitanzi, Tanzania
Peopleware is a set of lightweight essays that capture the authors' experience working in the land of software over many years. Most of the experience documented comes from the 70s and 80s, but it still holds true even now. Dealing with people is a science that will not change as rapidly as technology because people simply cannot rapidly change overall patterns of behavior. Maybe our communication will improve, maybe we will increase the complexity of projects that we work with, but underlying it all is a common theme of human behavior. At Google, we also have a bit of furniture police; but much less so than most other companies. One big difference between our environment and Peopleware is that we do not tend to favor offices, but cubes where teams of 4 are together. Joel Spolsky has been documenting ways that he's laid out the Fog Creek offices. Quiet individual or small group offices are part of the formula. I remember at Novell we had the same layout. The layout probably has a minimal effect on how popular your software is. But, it has an immense effect on how happy the people are. Overall, the book was good and very insightful. At times it had a bit of a staccato feel and could use a bit more glue and/or examples to smooth out the passages between. Would have enjoyed reading more transformational experience where a problem was identified and then addressed in a particular way over time. Watching what can be changed in a group can be motivating although locally it's hard to see whether changes are happening.