I just started reading Peopleware, about how to create and maintain productive teams, with a focus on software development. I’ve only gotten through the first 3 chapters so far, but it’s freakin’ brilliant. I have no intention of becoming a manager, but it’s useful for a programmer to read in order to perhaps mitigate the worst of bad management. If nothing else, you can give it to your manager (if this makes them mad, quit now).
One awful and disturbing statement is at the end of Chapter 2:
The statistics about reading are particularly discouraging: The average software developer, for example, doesn’t even own a single book on the subject of his or her work, and hasn’t ever read one. That fact is horrifying for anyone concerned about the quality of work in the field; for folks like us who write books, it is positively tragic.
Where did they get that statistic? Can it possibly be true? I personally find it unbelievable, but then I’m the author of the Kernel Hacker’s Bookshelf series, so perhaps I am entirely out of touch.