Tom DeMarco, Timothy Lister

Key Facts and Insights

  1. Sociological Factors: DeMarco and Lister argue that the productivity of software teams is more dependent on sociological factors than on the technology used.
  2. Management Role: The role of management is not to make people work, but to make it possible for people to work.
  3. Office Environment: The physical workspace significantly impacts productivity and collaboration.
  4. Turnover: High staff turnover is a significant productivity killer, affecting not just the departing person, but the whole team.
  5. Flow State: The concept of 'flow', a state of deep concentration, is crucial for productive software development.
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