Reference #124: Peopleware


Many managers became so because they performed while as "doers" — engineers, designers, individual contributors. Often these roles worked on modular components with a standard interface, so the idiosyncrasies of each component could be ignored.

This approach does not work well in management. People have idiosyncrasies, and managing those idiosyncrasies is a key factor to the success of a manager.

DeMarco, Lister. Peopleware, 2013. (1)

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