Beautiful Teams coming into the home stretch

Beautiful Teams cover

We’ve gotten more than a few e-mails from readers wondering where we went. First of all, don’t worry – Jenny and I are still around! We’ve just been working overtime on our latest book, Beautiful Teams (here’s the Amazon page for it). It’s coming out well, and we’re really excited about it.

Beautiful Teams is a new kind of book for us, because it’s the first time we’ve done more editing than writing. We brought in a great team of guest writers and thinkers, people we really respect and whose work we’ve been big fans of over the years: Scott Berkun, Karl Wiegers, Karl Fogel, Johanna Rothman, Barry Boehm, Steve McConnell, Grady Booch, James Grenning, Cory Doctorow and a whole lot more. A good portion of the book will be stories from their careers, which was a big departure for us: it was as much about creative writing (helping our authors make the stories fun to read) as it was about software engineering. And in addition to the stories, Jenny and I have been doing interviews with some of these great thinkers, and I’m extremely happy about how they’re coming out. We’ve put a lot of effort into finding people who are thoughtful and knowledgeable, but also really good at talking about what they do and how they think. All in all, it should be a very unique and fun to read book.

Oh, there’s one more thing I want to tell you about the project – actually, my favorite part about it. We’re donating almost all of the royalties to PlayPumps International, a truly wonderful charity that digs wells to deliver clean drinking water to rural schools and villages in sub-Saharan Africa. If you haven’t heard of them, take five minutes and watch this piece that Frontline did on them.

I’m sure we’ll give you plenty more details about it as time goes on. In the meantime, hopefully we’ll be able to post a little more here for you!

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