Rediscovering Weinbeg

by Calvin on December 29, 2006

Reading David’s response, he reminded me of my love for the works of Jerry Weinberg.

I read a handful of them already a few years back, with some of my favorites being Secrets of Consulting and Becoming a Technical Leader.

After getting the response back from David, I also picked up Weinberg on Writing, which I’m half-way through and which is brilliant, in addition to More Secrets of Consulting, and his classic epos An Introduction to General Systems Thinking.

What I really like about Weinberg is his deep psychological understanding, and what comes through as a deep love of other people. Acknowledging emotions in the field of software engineering is something that resonates deeply with me.

Why? In Myers-Briggs, I’m an INFP. In plain English, I’m better at feeling than thinking. Everything in life, including software engineering, necessarily requires both, but the world of software seems to favor rational thinking and expel emotions from the realm of software entirely. This is something I’d like to change, along with, it seems, Jerry Weinberg, David Heinemeier Hansson, and Kathy Sierra.

Whatever happened to that book?

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