Sale Sale Hier klicken Jetzt informieren Xmas Shop 2017 Cloud Drive Photos UHD TVs Mehr dazu TDZ HI_PROJECT Mehr dazu Mehr dazu Shop Kindle SonosGewinnen BundesligaLive wint17

Kundenrezensionen

4,6 von 5 Sternen
27
4,6 von 5 Sternen


am 14. Januar 2000
This book is a classic description of a high-tech team trying to do the impossible. The motivational methods used by the boss are great lessons. I used to use it to teach my MBAs about the soft side of product development. However, time moves on, and so did my syllabus. Not only is it technically obsolete (4.77 Mhz minicomputer; no ASICS; etc.). But even the team dynamics are now, with the benefit of hindsight, ultimately destructive. Instead, I use a much more recent book, on software development at Microsoft, called "I Sing the Body Electronic". This book describes a year of wandering in the swamp of producing a prototype of an over-ambitious software package. I think it's more relevant today, although admittedly the product they are working on (a children's encyclopedia) is more dependent on aesthetics and creative design than are most contemporary products. Anyway, my students love it, and it really opens their eyes. If you can, read both books. If you have time for only one, it depends on whether you associate with old-timers like me, who will know Soul, or newcomers like my students, who will be interested in Microsoft and software.
11 Kommentar| 4 Personen fanden diese Informationen hilfreich. War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Missbrauch melden
am 1. Juni 2000
I found this book to be a very interesting analysis of the development lifecycle of a new computer. What made it even more interesting was the fact that it is now twenty years old, which makes it practically prehistoric by computer industry standards, yet the intensity and method of attack have really not changed all that dramatically for the developers. It's like going back in a time capsule to a fascinating period in this industry. Also adding to the story was the level of access that Data General gave to the author. I would be very surprised if that would happen today, but it adds a level of knowledge that really draws the reader into the story. There were some humorous moments too - I loved the Mushroom Theory of Management: "Feed them s**t, put 'em in a dark room, and see what grows". Terrific stuff!
0Kommentar| 3 Personen fanden diese Informationen hilfreich. War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Missbrauch melden
am 11. August 2016
Nach langer Zeit habe ich mich dazu durchgerungen, Tracy Kidder's Buch auch im Original zu lesen. Und ich muss sagen, dass sowohl Original als auch Übersetzung sehr gut gelungen sind.
Auch wenn aus heutiger Sicht die Rivalität der Mini-Computer-Hersteller an der Ostküste der USA Geschichte ist und der Focus der Computer-Industrie längst im Westen im sonnigen, kalifornischen Silicon-Valley liegt, so beschreibt 'The Soul of a New Machine' doch immer noch sehr eindrucksvoll den Druck und den Wettbewerb dem sich die Entwickler in der Computer-Industrie aussetzen und den sie selbst befeuern.
Dass es nebenbei um sehr viel Geld und die Existenz ganzer Firmen geht, scheint auf den ersten Blick in einem merkwürdigen Kontrast zur engen, fast kärglichen Ausstattung der Mitarbeiter zu stehen. Nichts ist zu spüren von der Großzügigkeit mit der heutzutage Google oder Facebook in Erscheinung treten.
Im Gegenteil, müssen die Teams neben Druck von innen und außen auch noch um jede Ressource erbittert kämpfen, auf Hierarchien Rücksicht nehmen und der Verwaltung und den Vorgaben des Marketings ein Schnippchen schlagen. Oftmals gelingt die Quadratur des Kreises nur durch endlose Arbeitszeiten und den Verzicht auf Privatleben. Zumindest in diesem Punkt scheint die alte Ostküsten-Arbeitsweise und die neue Westküsten-Philosophie dicht beieinander zu liegen. Der Stolz der Entwickler, die wahre Belohnung, ist ein funktionierendes Produkt oder 'endlich eine Maschine durch die Tür zu bringen'.
Die Lebendigkeit der Schilderung überzeugt auch heute noch. Denn letztlich basiert die ganze Branche auf der Besessenheit der Entwickler und Guru-ähnlichen Vordenker und daran hat sich nichts geändert, egal ob Hard- oder Software, Mainframe, Mini, Notebook oder Smartphone.
Der Unterschied mag heute auch darin liegen, dass der Anreiz der Firmeneigentümer, schnell zum Multimillionär zu werden viel größer geworden ist.
Doch letztlich ist der Antrieb immer noch die Rivalität der Entwicklungsteams, Teams deren Mitglieder sich und die Wettbewerber meist sehr gut aus Studienzeiten kennen.
Tracy Kidder beschreibt diesen ewigen Wettbewerb um 'beste' aber auch 'funktionierende' Lösungen und persönlichen Ehrgeiz auf eine sehr lebendige Art und Weise. Sicher funktionieren auch andere Branchen immer noch so oder so ähnlich und die Motivation der beschriebenen Charaktere ist für Leserinnen und Leser daher sehr gut nachvollziehbar. Daher eine echte Empfehlung.
0Kommentar| Eine Person fand diese Informationen hilfreich. War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Missbrauch melden
am 5. August 1997
When "The Soul of a New Machine" first came out, it was of interest mainly to those with a inside interest in the computer industry - the hackers, engineers, programmers, and various functionaries who put together, sell, and work with computer hardware and software. It remains, for this audience, a classic work which defines for some a golden era of computer design and for others a stereotypical environment that they are glad no longer represents the state of the industry,

What is timeless about this work is what should make it of interest to sociologists, social psychologists, and all other observers of humanity - its vivid depiction of a case study in group dynamics, and the depths to which individuals under the right combination of self-drive and group reinforcement will sacrifice their time, their families, and even their health in pursuit of a common goal.

Truly a classic work, which is rare in its ease of reading.
0Kommentar| Eine Person fand diese Informationen hilfreich. War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Missbrauch melden
am 24. August 1998
My main criticism of this book is it failed to reach the soul. It's well written. The pen portraits of the people involved are good. The technical chatter is clear and concise. Only the total effort doesn't produce in my mind a moral of any kind. In fact at one stage the author practically points out building computers may be uneconomical. The driving force of those involved does not surface except to say many of the computer engineers have shown the common characteristic of engineering curiousity from a very early age. The soul of the machine at the end of the day is the technical ingenuity of the people working on it. This is shown several times in the book. I enjoyed these descriptions as some of the best in the book. I don't know how the author approached this project, whether as an intentional chronicler of a engineering project or as an accidentally up close fly-on-the-wall journal, yet clearly the thrust of the book is the building of the computer. I would like to know what questions the author asked himself before writing the book. The issues raised through the story ask for more analysis. I think the book is a snapshot of a bigger story waiting to be told.
0Kommentar|War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Missbrauch melden
am 26. August 1998
This is an accomplished book but to me it fails to tackle the central issue, what is the soul of the machine ? Obviously the ingenuity of people to create a working computer. The descriptions of this in the book provide some of the finest moments. As to the root of inspiration Kidder says these engineers all have natural talent and were fiddling around with dismantling watches, radios and the like when the rest of us were playing in sand pits at age four. Just as intriguing is the point that making computers to do certain jobs isn't cost effective, so why do it ? On top of this is the notion that the engineers give little thought as to what the computer is to be used for. It could be for anything from military or scientific research to use in an insurance company. Perhaps the books construction is at fault here. it raises these important and intriguing issues then fails to tackle them convinvingly. Was the author writing with a book plan in mind ? or was it a happen-by-chance fly-on-the wall journal that happened to become a book ? The book is good, well structured and the story is kept interesting, though I felt it lets the real story get away.
0Kommentar|War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Missbrauch melden
am 8. Juli 1998
After 25 years of software development, most of it on 'Impossible' projects, I find my 1981 printing to be one of my prized posessions. When you're so tired from months of 75 hour weeks it hurts to get up in the morning, and the project's still not done, its wonderfully reassuring to know that you are part of a relativly few persons who have breathed life into a whole new force in the history of human-kind. As a new generation of CS professionals joins our ranks its comforting to know that those who built the foundations of the industry will not be forgotten. And for the new crew, this book provides ample inspiration for all who wish to join the crusade. A great gift, particularly if signed by a project leader at the end of a long and difficult project! Buy the hardback if you can find it and pass it down as a family heirloom. If you can possibley get there, read this book at Lake Powell Arizona. If you don't come back inspired you're legally dead! Next to the good book, this one rulz!
0Kommentar|War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Missbrauch melden
am 28. Juni 1997
This is the story of how a new computer was made, the Data General MV-800
Eagle. Well actually it isn't, it is the story of a team, a group of
talented and extremely motivated people who performed a miracle. The team
dynamics are described in realistic detail, the nights (and days) people
work when they are "close" to a solution, the rivalry between the "hardies"
and the "softies", but above all the rivalry with the competition and the
clock. Anyone who has worked in software will recognize a lot in this and
most of those would love to be part of that team. Any manager would like to know what it takes
to get people to be dedicated like that.

The end is realistic, thus sad, the product ends up in the hands of the
marketing guys, the team dissolves, some stars get promoted, some quit. This
book won a well deserved Pulitzer Prize.
0Kommentar|War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Missbrauch melden
am 15. Dezember 1999
This book, this first best-known book to emerge from Kidder's credible and entertaining non-fiction oeuvre, chronicles the efforts of a group of computer enthusiasts to develop and then gain stake in the then-young (1980) industry. But this book is more than a mere study of technology and its seemingly pervasive sphere of influence. The books speaks to the inherent nature of equity and the just rewards when coupled with good intentions of individuals from where all ideas (great and otherwise) emerge. This book is a judicious and lasting gift to those who know and realize the more positive efforts arising from work in technological field. Highly recommend
0Kommentar|War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Missbrauch melden
am 15. Dezember 1999
This book, his first best-known to emerge from Kidder's credible and entertaining non-fiction oeuvre, chronicles the efforts of a group of computer enthusiasts to develop and then gain stake in the then-young (1980) industry. But this book is more than a mere study of technology and its seemingly pervasive sphere of influence. The books speaks to the inherent nature of equity and the just rewards when coupled with good intentions of individuals from where all ideas (great and otherwise) emerge. This book is a judicious and lasting gift to those who know and realize the more positive efforts arising from work in technological field. Highly recommend
0Kommentar|War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Missbrauch melden

Haben sich auch diese Artikel angesehen


Brauchen Sie weitere HilfeHier klicken

Gesponserte Links

  (Was ist das?)