Sunday, September 30, 2012

Team Geek Book Review

Team Geek: A Software Developer's Guide to Working Well with Others by Brian W. Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman, is a new book published in July 2012. It is written by two Engineers who are thought leaders within Google. They also heavily contributed and led the open source Subversion SVN) project. At the heart of the book is a central theme: Humility, Respect, and Trust (HRT).

The book focuses on the social aspect of software development, team culture, and personal interactions. Although it surrounds a technical field, the book does not dive into any technical jargon. There is no elaboration on the merits of elegant design patterns or database bottle neck optimizations. Through simple stories and anecdotes, the authors mentor the reader through the obstacles of the IT office place. From hairy pointed bosses, to the perfectionist, to the ego maniac, the authors have encountered a variety of situations and offer the reader practical advice.