|Title:||Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (Second Edition)|
|Authors:||Tom DeMarco, Timothy Lister|
What can I say.. Many people recommended this book for me, but unfortunately it’s hard to get in reasonable price. If anyone wants to get a copy, and you should, I recommend you order from Borders.
The book, although the main content has been written over 20 years ago, gives a humane point of view in the area of project management and organizations. It was almost shocking to me to discover that the same problems that DeMarco and Lister pointed out in our way of industry is are still completely valid today; the lack of humane aspect in organizations.
The main message which I received from the book was that it’s crucial for companies to invest in “human capital”; the well-being and comfort of the people who work for them. Human capital is something that does not have any direct measurable value in money, but the value comes from greater productivity and results; happy people get more done in less time.
It was striking that as a team manager I have sometimes questioned my decisions whether or not I should do “as it’s always done” or should I try to find out some other solution which is more pleasant for the subordinates the decision affects. This book clearly clears all the questions from my head; do a decision that show you care for your people and invest on human capital and in the end you always end up with better results.
After reading the book I feel I’ve matured as a manager as I now clearly have a clear approved guidance to concentrate on the most important asset of any organization: the human capital.