Dreaming in codeby Wojciech Adam Koszek ⋅ Jan 22, 2014 ⋅ Menlo Park, CA
Two years after reading this book I don't remember anything from it, so I'd think twice before investing your time in it.
The full title was: Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software. The book explains the story behind Chandler, Mitch Kapor’s open-source pet project in which he invested couple of millions of $$$ and it was failure.
I really expected something different from this book and I really can’t tell how I feel about it.
On one side, the structure of the book is fairly disruptive: its project commentary part, largely documentary, is good and fairly well documented and falls into the category of standard IT books reporting on project’s biography.
On the other side I think it’s great for novice project managers, who got pushed to manage technical projects: it explains basics operation of the software team and gives some rudimentary knowledge on the nature of software and software creation skill-set and tools.
Since most of technical stuff in the book happens to be familiar to me, I found technical descriptions to make me loose focus and I had to backtrack the audio track several times.
Depending on which audience group you’re qualifying for, I’d decide whether to give this book shot.