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Getting Results from Software Development Teams by Lawrence J. Peters and Lawrence Peters

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Chapter 3. Building the Software Development Team

When you bring a group of people together, it’s called a start. When you get a group of people to stay together, it’s called progress. When you get a group of people to work together, it’s called success.

Lou Holtz, American football coach

People have been analyzing other people’s behavior since the time of the Greek philosopher Hippocrates (400 BC). Understanding people is essential to the first step in managing a software project—putting together an effective software engineering team. So all we have to do to put together such a team is to find the "right" people, in terms of skill, education, and experience and then hire them—right? Unfortunately, it’s just a little more complicated than that. ...

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