How to Win Friends and Influence Programmers

Joel on Software writes about the usefulness of the program manager.

A bit long, but worth it. Lots of good practical advice on proper design, and funny too:

Of course, when programmers are peers of the program managers, the programmers tend to have the upper hand. Here’s something that has happened several times: a programmer asks me to intervene in some debate he is having with a program manager.

“Who is going to write the code?” I asked.

“I am…”

“OK, who checks things into source control?”

“Me, I guess, …”

“So what’s the problem, exactly?” I asked. “You have absolute control over the state of each and every bit in the final product. What else do you need? A tiara?”

At the end, he recommends the classic book How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I had intended to read that for a while now, so this seals the deal for me.

Via Dustbury.

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