The last week was slow with regards to book reading, too many things got in the way (including good weather for race cycling, which is rare in October here - I already have winter tires on my car...). Peopleware by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister nonetheless was a highly interesting read; you get prescriptive advice, which can be start for you on a project or even a higher level.
They are also talking about a topic close to my heart: teamicide - I have seen that way too many times myself. They present a list of sure-fire "techniques" to inhibit formation of teams and disrupt project sociology:
- Defensive management
- Physical separation
- Fragmentation of people's time
- Quality reduction of the product
- Phony deadlines
- Clique control
- Those damn posters and plaques
- Overtime: the unanticipated side effect
Agreed, 100%. Experienced, 100%.