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Roundtable on Technical Leadership:
A SHAPE Forum Dialogue

edited by Gerald M. Weinberg,
Marie Benesh
and James Bullock

ISBN: 978-0-932633-51-4  
©2002  176 pages   softcover  
$15.95 (plus shipping)

Subject(s): Communication Skills, Programming, Software Project Management, Technical Leadership

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Software Experts Debate Leadership Qualities
and the Hazards of Shortcuts and Stupid Tricks

About the Book

Joined by coeditors Marie Benesh and James Bullock, consultant's consultant Gerald M. Weinberg highlights forty experts' secrets for building and sustaining a leadership role in software development.

Participants of the SHAPE forum, many of them software consultants and managers at the world's most successful software companies, logged in to help each other identify the "stupid tricks" that developers are tempted to employ in design, code, and documentationtricks that seem clever in the short term but have damaging long-term effects.

Topics include programming, design, documentation, teaching, learning, educating management, being yourself, and much more.

Presented in an easy-to-read dialogue format, true to the comments' original appearance on the Web, this is the second stand-alone book drawn from Weinberg's SHAPE forum, following Roundtable on Project Management.

Contributors include Jim Batterson, James Bullock, Pat Ferdinandi, Fritz, Phil Fuhrer, Jesse Gordon, Don Gray, Brian Gulino, Peter Harris, Joseph Howard, Kevin Huigens, Steve Jackson, James Jarrett, Bob King, Dave Kleist, Henry Knapp, Brian Knopp, Fredric Laurentine, Pat McGee, Nate McNamara, George Olsen, Mark Passolt, Sue Petersen, Dwayne Phillips, Brian Richter, Sharon Marsh Roberts, Brett Schuchert, Stuart Scott, Dave Smith, Steve Smith, Daniel Starr, Wayne Strider, Pete TerMaat, Phil Trice, Bill Trierweiler, Marianne Tromp, Jerry Weinberg, and Kay Wise.


"Shared parables, aphorisms, and classifications greatly increase the dialogue's depth and efficiency . . .

"If you don't read anything else in the book . . . the discussion of 'stupid design document tricks' will still give you your money's worth."

Richard Mateosian
IEEE Micro

"Presented in dialogue form, this discussion among consultants, IT managers, software developers, systems architects, analysts, designers, engineers, and others in the field focuses on the means by which leadership is developed. Topics include programming, design, documentation, teaching, learning, educating management, and being yourself. The roles of experts, as leaders, teachers, and learners, are explicated, and advice is offered on avoiding 'stupid tricks.'"

Book News, Inc.

"The advice in the book is some of the best that I have ever read. There is none of the egotistical posturing that pervades so many of the online forums, the contributors are genuinely humble and realistic. I found them refreshing, entertaining and likable.

". . . So many technical books contain quality information, but the style of presentation is dense to the point of mind lock or something like a pot of dishwater containing gold nuggets. The good stuff is present, you just have to dig around to find it. This book is neither, the lightness of the prose and the candor of the participants makes it entertaining, and the quality of the advice makes it valuable. When designing software, we all step in it from time to time, and if you read this book you can reduce the frequency of that happening to you."

Charles Ashbacher
posted on Amazon.com

Table of Contents
Excerpt: "The Courage to Be Yourself"
Author Interview

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Also Recommended

Becoming a Technical Leader: An Organic Problem-Solving Approach, by Gerald M. Weinberg

Dr. Peeling's Principles of Management, by Nic Peeling
Quality Software Management, Vol. 3: Congruent Action, by Gerald M. Weinberg
Understanding the Professional Programmer, by Gerald M. Weinberg
What Every Programmer Should Know About Object-Oriented Design, by Meilir Page-Jones

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