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Coeducation

So, how did we get, in just a few paragraphs, from software engineering and methodological maturity to these gender issues? Because, at the heart of it, the immaturity of the cowboy mentality that shuns discipline and collaboration alike is largely a male thing.

At one meeting of a planning group within a software company, the assembled “team” went through 40 minutes of the men playing competitive games, debating definitions, jockeying for position, showing off their knowledge and erudition, and generally trying to score points off each other. Slowly, one by one, the men drifted away, excusing themselves with one rationale or another, usually something ostensibly “more important” having to do with “real work.” When only women were left, one of them said, “Now, we can get something done.” They wrapped up the real job of the meeting quickly and efficiently, while enjoying themselves in the process.


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