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Beautiful Teams by Jennifer Greene, Andrew Stellman

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Chapter 9. Creating Team Cultures

Grady Booch

Andrew: Tell us a little bit about what you did in the past that taught you about how teams work.

Grady: Wow. Great question. You know, from the very beginning of my professional career, I was involved with some distributed teams. The very first project I was engaged with was when I was actually still in the Air Force. My first assignment was at Vandenberg Air Force Base, where I was first a project engineer for a telemetry system and then a project manager for a range safety system. In each of those cases, we were dealing with a really distributed system. This was back in the late '70s, early '80s. It was really ahead of its time from a commercial perspective, because we were dealing with the fusion of sensor data from radar sites around the world. So, that in itself led me to some experiences with how one deals with the architecture of distributed systems. And additionally, the people who were building these systems, most of them were collocated in the Vandenberg Air Force Base area, but we had groups that were scattered about because ...

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