So the year 2014 is over and I wrote few posts about books that I enjoyed reading over this period. However, reading IT books about frameworks, processes or practices can be a tiring activity. So once in a while I feel the need to grab a book of a different kind and recently I started reading about the history of our field and also the company side of things – especially startups. In this post I want to offer a short review of books that stood out to me the most and maybe entice you a bit to give them a chance and learn valuable lessons described in them (and there are quite few of them). So without further ado, I present to you my top 3 books of 2014.
Peopleware is one of the most significant books ever written about pitfalls and best practices of software development. This timeless book was written by two software consultants Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister from their vast experience in the world of management of software development. Authors provide insights into processes and environment of software development that are backed with many statistical data collected over the course of their professional lives. There are currently 3 editions (published in 1987, 1999 and 2013) each bringing new observations and statistical data with a few changes and corrections to the prior edition. This review is based on second edition which was current release at the time of reading.