"I found myself
jotting down words and phrases as I was reading each of the essays. As a life-long
learner and a dabbler in the areas of systems thinking and organizational behaviour,
I found so many tidbits of information from so many perspectives, that my thoughts
started running rampant. I wanted to start researching and reading more, and not
only about systems thinking. . . "
-- Janet Gregory,
Agile Testing: Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams
. . will give you [a] deep appreciation for the value of people and analytical
skills, for it is smart people who design efficient major systems and they do
so by interacting and having skills that complement each other. Wienberg's developmental
approach of 'rational irrationality' is one of considering all options -- even
those that seem silly, unlikely or even absurd -- and his approach is a proven
-- Charles Ashbacher, Journal of
". . . I'm far from the only person to
be influenced by Jerry Weinberg, who's written books and articles on topics that
range from computer systems and programming to education, problem solving, and
writing. And, in a move that's remarkable for our 'what have you innovated for
me lately' industry, Dorset House recently published The Gift of Time:
essays in honor of Gerald M. Weinberg on his 75th birthday.
. . This is fun, thoughtful reading. . . Depending on your background, your current
itch at work, or your temperament, you might be more engaged by different essays.
. . This is a book worth reading, even if you've never heard of Jerry Weinberg."
Esther Schindler, JavaWorld
"I first met Jerry Weinberg in 1967 and have read much of
his writings and participated in his SHAPE forum. For me, reading these articles
was like continuing the conversation.
"The Gift of Time
is a book to be read slowly, an article or two now and others later. The thinking
is often deep, always stimulating. Even as an 'insider,' I gained new insights
from many of the articles. Read this book -- not once, but several times over
the next few years. Your attention will be rewarded."
Brian Crook, posted on Amazon.com
". . . I learned many interesting concepts from the book and
something from almost every chapter. There were a few references to Jerry's words
of wisdom but also many new personal insights from the authors that were inspired
by Jerry. There was a nice blend of personal stories of interactions with Jerry,
stories of experiences that had been influenced by Jerry and stories of Jerry's
history -- again helping keep my interest and increase my enjoyment of the book.
. . ."
-- Paul J. Holland, posted on Amazon.ca
"Each essay is a quick read, and you can read one and put
the it down and return to the book days later as needed. I found myself returning
to the book again and again, sometimes reading the same essay over and over again.
Anyone who is interested in a pioneer in the computer, testing, consulting and
teaching field will want to read this to be introduced to Gerald and inspire them
to delve into one of the dozens of books Gerald Weinberg has read himself."
Michael Cookson, posted on Amazon.ca
learned many new things from many of the stories within these pages and have made
a list of more books I want to pick up, people I want to meet, and things I want
to learn more about."
"The Gift of Time will make a good addition
to any software professional's library. . . . there's a little something or everyone
in this book. I can see myself re-reading it. I'm glad to have a copy."
P. Carvalho, posted on Amazon.com
was expecting a tribute and instead got a thought-provoking and inspirational
look at different ways to think, process and converse. The inspiration cam from
Gerald M. Weinberg. The impact of his teachings is many people with wonderful
ideas and successes to share."
-- Kristin Goetz, posted