In Showstopper! The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft, author G. Pascal Zachary recounts the amazing story of how Microsoft created the product that it eventually named Windows NT. I highly recommend this book to everyone reading this series of articles, in part because it is much closer to my ideal for such books than are most industry titles. And, as such, it serves as one of many inspirations for what I’m now writing.
That is, most industry books are more interested in discussing companies, personalities, and strategies than they are in discussing products. But I’ve always been most fascinated by the latter. And this is where Showstoppers really succeeds for me: It’s as much about the product as it is about the company and people who created it. And I love that.