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Part III: Work Organization > Traditional Tactics

Chapter 11. Traditional Tactics

Okay, people, time to get organized! The question is: how? If you work alone, you can work any darned way you please. You don't need to coordinate what you are doing with what anyone else is doing, and you don't have to get along with anyone. You can keep everything in its exact, obsessive-compulsive place and do things in the precise sequence of a standard software development life cycle model. Or you can leave everything spread out all over the office in utter chaos and code things as you get inspired or happen to think of them. However, once you have two or more people working together, the operant word is “together.” The work they do and how they do it have to be coordinated.

This chapter begins an exploration of the organization and management of human work: how work is organized and how people who work together coordinate their activities (Constantine 1990a, 1991c, 1993c). Think of organization as the human equivalent of software architecture—with management corresponding to the dynamic control of program components. It's the old structure and dynamics thing again. Whether you are trying to organize a new software company or the next programming project, many of the same issues apply.


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