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

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38. Free Electrons

In our grandparents’ generation, work was usually structured rigidly within a corporate context: You worked for a company, and you punched a clock or kept regular hours. You received a paycheck, same this week as last. Those above you in the hierarchy were treated with respect and deference: “Of course, sir. I’ll get cracking on that right away, sir.” It didn’t seem like a life’s work you were embarked upon—it seemed more like a job. But things have changed:

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