Software For Your Head

Jim McCarthy book (Pattern Language?) (2002) ISBN:0201604566 - "The Core" (v1.0)

  • elements - The Core is a system for everyday use among collaborators, technical and non-technical alike. The Core is made up of four different types of things: a) Patterns, b) Antipatterns, c) Definitions, and d) Interpersonal Core Protocols. The first three are things you read and think about, and the Core Protocols are things which you read and think about and do.

  • free EBook of the v1.5 Protocols (very specific practices, an intra-team human-API) PDF (update: newer version) (also

  • Big Picture (p296): A person can only achieve his potential by being intolerant of the malignant and embracing the beneficent. The consistent practices required by such a personal policy inevitably lead to more rational and simpler ways - not only in you, but in your environment. The millions of Product Team-s that make up the high-tech industry could become the central emerging community (The Craft). They may well be the most critical cultural elements and, boom or bust, they consitute the most influential segment of civiliization in this era... In some eras, a spectacular surge of vitality propogates throughout the Culture-s of the time... Perhaps the vitality of our era can be found in the idea of connectedness. Perhaps we are in the beginning of the Connected Era (Network Economy). People will increasingly function in a less time-bound/place-bound style. Yet their presence and levels of Engagement may well be greater.

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