- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: Shroff/O'Reilly; First edition (6 August 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 935023825X
- ISBN-13: 978-9350238257
- Package Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,58,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Brian Fitzpatrick leads Google's Data Liberation Front and Transparency Engineering teams and has previously led Google's Project Hosting and Google Affiliate Network teams. He cofounded Google's Chicago engineering office and serves as both thought leader and internal advisor for Google's open data efforts.
Ben Collins-Sussman, one of the founding developers of the Subversion version control system, led Google's Project Hosting team and now manages the engineering team for the Google Affiliate Network. He cofounded Google's engineering office in Chicago and ported Subversion to Google's Bigtable platform.
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Weaknesses: Much advice is based on utopic premises, i.e., oriented towards large open source projects or Google (where candidates with dysfunctional team culture are theoretically weeded out during job interviews). It would be good if there was more realistic advice that applies to the 99% other software companies, e.g., where customers are government, military, etc. and companies are small businesses operating outside of silicon valley without the biggest talent pool.
I would recommend this book to pretty much any one but more so to software developers. It's a good refresher on how to deal with common problems within software teams and how to participate in or lead a solid, lean software development team.
The books had some great points but I often thought that most of the advice and anecdotes were based on common sense. This is why I gave it four stars.
There are a lot of common sense things contained in here, however, because of the personality types that gravitate towards IT/software it sometimes feels like we live in a different world and normal rules don't apply. It commonly feels like if we wait long enough, since most of us are non-confrontational, our social infractions will fix themselves or go away. That's rarely true and can eventually lead to unsatisfying work (and who wants that?) and burnt bridges.
Being a person that loves my career cocoon I've created in development, I found the section that urges the reader to break out towards leadership - a swift kick in the pants. It might take more planning, but I see value in their argument, "Your career is in your hands".
These tips help getting along in any walk of life. I am just glad they came from the perspective of seasoned software pros whom I can empathize with.