Quote playing up to Wall Street

From the book Peopleware by Tom de Marco and Timothy Lister:

The object of the exercise is upsizing, not downsizing.
Companies that downsize are frankly admitting that their upper management has blown it.

Also:

Learning is limited by an organization’s ability to keep its people.
Successful organizations are always characterized by strong middle management and downsizing, when happens, is almost always targeted at middle management.

Think about it next time you read about a company announcing an employees cut and wonder why the stock markets award that (aka let’s think only about short terms).

Book Review: Peopleware by DeMarco and Lister – Part 1

This is a “book club” reading of Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister’s book “Peopleware”, 2nd edition.

"Peopleware", from Amazon

Joel Spolsky, founder of Fog Creek Software and popular author / blogger, writes on this book: “The best way to describe it would be as an anti-Dilbert manifesto”.
I’m reading from the 1999 paperback second edition.

The book, originally written in 1987, had a huge success and pushed the authors to publish a second edition with eight new chapters. Written by software consultants, it focuses primarily on project management but also addresses such topics as the conflicts between individual work perspective and corporate ideology and other sociological or political problems.

It’s a great book, wonderfully written with a light touch of humor. It’s full of common sense but neglected tips and didn’t lose at all value after twenty years. Still a superb book on people management.

Part 1 – managing the human resources

In six chapters the authors go through the most important factor in every project: the people, and how the good managers don’t just make the people work but they make it possible for people to work.

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