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Title:The Soul of a New Machine
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Publisher:Back Bay Books
ISBN:0316491977
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Number of Pages:293
Category:Non fiction, Technology, History, Business, Science, Computers, Computer science, Programming, Engineering, Biography

The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Soul of a New Machine The computer revolution brought with it new methods of getting work done just look at today s news for reports of hard driven highly motivated young software and online commerce developers who sacrifice evenings and weekends to meet impossible deadlines Tracy Kidder got a preview of this world in the late s when he observed the engineers of Data General design and build a new bit minicomputer in just one year His thoughtful prescient book i The Soul of a New Machine i tells stories of year old veteran engineers hiring recent college graduates and encouraging them to work harder and faster on complex and difficult projects exploiting the youngsters ignorance of normal scheduling processes while engendering a new kind of work ethic .

These days we are used to the total commitment philosophy of managing technical creation but Kidder was surprised and even a little alarmed at the obsessions and compulsions he found From in house political struggles to workers being permitted to tease management to marathon hour work sessions i The Soul of a New Machine i explores concepts that already seem familiar even old hat less than years later Kidder plainly admires his subjects while he admits to hopeless confusion about their work he finds their dedication heroic The reader wonders though what will become of it all now and in the future i Rob Lightner i

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Like Paul Farmer in Mountains Beyond Mountains Paul English grew up poor in working class Boston but as Tracy Kidder writes he had a mind for the age that was coming Brilliant reckless endlessly energetic Paul English after Kayak sold for billion asked himself What comes next Start another company Use his new wealth to make a difference in the world With a riveting page turning narrative and unmatched storytelling skill Kidder casts a fresh and critical eye on how new technologies and start ups new money are reshaping our culture, The computer revolution brought with it new methods of getting work done just look at today s news for reports of hard driven highly motivated young software and online commerce developers who sacrifice evenings and weekends to meet impossible deadlines Tracy Kidder got a preview of this world in the late s when he observed the engineers of Data General design and build a new bit minicomputer in just one year His thoughtful prescient book i The Soul of a New Machine i tells stories of year old veteran engineers hiring recent college graduates and encouraging them to work harder and faster on complex and difficult projects exploiting the youngsters ignorance of normal scheduling processes while engendering a new kind of work ethic br br These days we are used to the total commitment philosophy of managing technical creation but Kidder was surprised and even a little alarmed at the obsessions and compulsions he found From in house political struggles to workers being permitted to tease management to marathon hour work sessions i The Soul of a New Machine i explores concepts that already seem familiar even old hat less than years later Kidder plainly admires his subjects while he admits to hopeless confusion about their work he finds their dedication heroic The reader wonders though what will become of it all now and in the future i Rob Lightner i, Two old men in a little room Together they represent some one hundred and sixty years of memory 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college and expecting a stateside assignment when his orders arrived for Vietnam There lovesick anxious and melancholic he tried to assume command of his detachment a ragtag band of eight more or less ungovernable men charged with reporting on enemy radio locations br br He eventually learned not only to lead them but to laugh and drink with them as they shared the boredom pointlessness and fear of war Together they sought a ghostly enemy homing in on radio transmissions and funneling intelligence gathered by others Kidder realized that he would spend his time in Vietnam listening in on battle but never actually experiencing it br br With remarkable clarity and with great detachment Kidder looks back at himself from across three and a half decades confessing how as a young lieutenant he sought to borrow from the tragedy around him and to imagine himself a romantic hero Unrelentingly honest rueful and revealing i My Detachment i gives us war without heroism while preserving those rare 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