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Peopleware Papers: Notes on the Human Side of Software, The by Larry L. Constantine

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Chapter 54. Change Agents

One fish, making the right move at the right moment, can change the direction of an entire school. Often the successful introduction of a new tool or a better approach to version control in a software development group hinges on one or two key individuals who act as agents for change. Effective change agents come in many shapes. Some are into door-to-door sales. They'll grab you in the hall and regale you with the benefits of Java or convince you to use a library of GUI widgets or pitch the cause of clean-room programming to every manager they can corner. Others precipitate change by just doing something a lot better than the people around them, quietly demonstrating a way out of some current dilemma or simply showing ...

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