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

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25. Competition

The issue of competition within a team or work group is a complicated one, something that managers tend to disagree about. You’ve surely heard the line that companies exist to compete with each other, so by extension, a little competition within the company is a healthy way to keep the competitive edge. Other managers conclude that something is wrong when team members feel they are being pitted against each other. At the extreme, at least, competition is certain to inhibit team jell. If team members are told, for example, that only the best one of them will be around next year, you can be sure that they will not succeed in working together very well.

Consider an Analogy

Like managers, parents sometimes have to grapple with the ...

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