Managing Programmers by Douglas Crockford

This is an excellent overview on how to manage programmers, what problems they encounter and what they need to be productive.

Programmers are not like the other kids. They cannot and should not be managed like normal people if your intent is to produce high-quality software. The things you would do to make the process go faster will actually make things go slower. This video will give you insight on the care and feeding of programmers, computer scientists, software engineers, developers, coders, and hackers.

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  1. A really insightful video!

    I gave this to a “manager of manager of programmers” and came to the conclusion that some people simply will not listen. Unfortunately it is just too easy to stick to traditional management models. Even after I delivered Agile training, their perception barely budged. Classic sign of a bad manager though.

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