Antipatterns: Managing Software Organizations and People, 2nd Edition

Book Title: Antipatterns: Managing Software Organizations and People, 2nd Edition
Authors:  Colin J Neill, Phillip A. Laplante, Joanna F. DeFranco
Publisher:  CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group
List Price: US$79.95
Publication Date: 2011-10-26
ISBN: 978-1-4398-6186-8
Reviewer: Bert Potter
Review Date:  April 29, 2012


Introduction to the Book

Patterns are defined in the preface as “problem-solution pairs for architecture, design, management, etc.’ Antipatterns are those problem practices or solution pairs that cause projects to fail.   This reference guide discusses patterns and anti-patterns, human patterns and anti-patterns, successful team leadership, management and environmental anti-patterns and finally how to deal with anti-patterns.  It details 48 specific antipatterns and their characteristics and potential solutions.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book starts out with a discussion of patterns and antipatterns in general and breaks the entire set of antipatterns into either management or environmental antipatterns.  Further setting the stage, the authors discuss human patterns and antipatterns in the context of personality types using several personality tools and how to use human patterns.  There is a discussion of negative personality types, how to handle them and conflict management.  Group patterns and antipatterns are discussed with leadership and team theory.   Next, the authors lead us through successfully leading teams discussing team size, Theory X, Y and Z as well as other leadership theories.   Closing out the book are discussions on particular management antipatterns, environmental antipatterns and general advice in dealing with antipatterns.


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Bert Potter

Consulting with Southwest Airlines currently and most recently established an IT PMO for a large retail company. PMP since 2001, MBA from Southern Methodist University, BBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Senior Product director at DG FastChannel a digital media delivery company and a long time programs and projects manager for Nokia.  Previous positions with Sprint, Sabre and in the real estate industry.  Native Texan and Dallas resident, enjoys golf, sailing and books.  Bert can be contacted at [email protected]

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