Brooks, F. P., Jr. The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering . Anniversary ed. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1995.
If you read only one book on software development, make it this one.
Hohmann, L. Journey of the Software Professional: A Sociology of Software Development . Prentice-Hall, 1996.
A comprehensive examination of individual and team productivity, Journey provides both a strong theoretical model and practical advice for improving the effectiveness of individuals and teams .
Demarco, T., and T. Lister. Peopleware: Productive People and Teams , 2 nd ed. New York: Dorset House, 1999.
The timeless classic on creating more effective, more productive organizations, recently updated to include the newest thinking on how to create more effective teams.
Beck, K. Extreme Programming Explained . Boston: Addison-Wesley, 2000.
XP is taking a lot of development shops by storm . It isn't right for every project, but it is worthwhile to learn more about this approach to project management.