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

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27. Open Kimono

Growing jelled teams is a fairly chancy matter. Nobody does it consistently. Nobody can make it happen, particularly when it would be most useful. Sometimes the mix is wrong. And sometimes the group is staffed with folks who aren’t disposed to become part of a team; they’re loners and always will be.

In his book People and Project Management, Rob Thomsett analyzes certain of the pathologies that interfere with team formation. It makes fascinating reading. However, few of these pathologies are treatable. About the only remedy is to remove certain members from the project because they hurt the chances of a team to jell. That may sound okay in the abstract, but in any specific case you’re likely to find such a remedy plain silly. ...

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