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Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams, Third Edition by Tim Lister, Tom DeMarco

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23. Teamicide

What’s called for here is a concise chapter entitled “Making Teams Jell at Your Company.” It should have half a dozen simple prescriptions for good team formation. These prescriptions should be enough to guarantee jelled teams. In the planning stage of this work, that is exactly the chapter we expected to write. We were confident. How difficult could it be to cut to the heart of the matter and give the reader practical tools to aid the process of making teams jell? We would apply all our skills, all our experience; we would overwhelm the problem with logic and pure brilliance. That’s how it looked in the planning stage. . . .

Between plan and execution, there were a few distressing encounters with reality. The first of these was ...

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