Welcome to the Gerald M. Weinberg Fan Site!

Mr. Gerald M. Weinberg was an inspiration to me. I’ve read many of his books and loved the quotes he would use on his homepage. His thoughts and writings undoubtedly made my personal and professional life fuller, happier, and more productive. In honor of Jerry’s technical teachings and inspirational contributions to readers around the world, I am bringing back his website in hopes that others will discover this author and likewise be inspired by him as I have.

– Nancy P.

Dedicated to Helping Smart People Be Happy

Traversing this web site, you’ll find out more about the “learning laboratory” we’ve created.


You may have discovered Weinberg & Weinberg through our books.

Some find this website and join the SHAPE forum.


By participating in the Problem Solving Leadership Workshop, you fully enter the W&W Learning Laboratory.

The Nucleus

After PSL, the Congruent Leadership Change Shop takes you deeper into the laboratory experience.

After the Change Shop, you become eligible for the Software Engineering Management Development Group.

SEM is a year-long program that extends indefinitely, and branches out into other SEM-only activities, such as the SEM Writers Workshop and the SEM Camp.

The Web

PSL, Change Shop, and SEM form the nucleus of the learning laboratory, but the lab has many rooms, with many experimenters. Once you have entered, you can explore at your own pace, according to your own interests. You can be a SHAPE member, attend a workshop offered by PSL faculty or Change Shop faculty, read a book, visit your SEM group, or get help with experiments in your own organization. The laboratory continues to grow, and where it stops, nobody knows.

Each person is important and can mean something for the world. You can do more than you think. Feel inspired by this.

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Novels by Gerald Weinberg

Where There’s a Will There’s a Murder

What looks like an accident, sounds like an accident, and moves like an accident—is probably a murder. With a $-billion inheritance at stake, it's probably lots more than one. Enter the Residue Class, that diverse team of amateur outcast sleuths—an international team...

Mistress of Molecules

Libra has a hidden fully-equipped chemical lab, built by her father before he was taken away and killed by the Church for the crime of possessing forbidden chemicals. Now she continues her father’s work as she fights for liberty using her extraordinary powers to...

Second Stringers

"To be blind is bad, but worse is to have eyes and not see." - Helen Keller (1880 - 1968) What happens if the physicists' String Theory is correct, and the "real" universe is nothing more than a human mental construct? And what happens to the half-dozen young adults...

MISTRESS OF MOLECULES: sample chapters

Chapter 1. Libra Before the instant I launched my crocus-laden balloon plane, I had never doubted that I was my father's daughter. Now, parked in Clifton Plaza waiting for its return, my body, and my confidence, shook with fear. Nicolas Valois never feared anything....

The Hands of God

How would you live if you lost your hands? Could you feed yourself? Clean yourself? What about opening a door? How would you dress yourself, or tie your shoes? Would everyone you ever loved consider you a freak? A monster? Pamela Ruka knows the answers to these...

Freshman Murders

Freshman Murders is a "Nerder Mystery," which means that the detectives who solve these crimes are nerds-brilliant individuals whose social skills may not equal their skills in mathematics. Josh Rosemont, finds a young woman’s body in the woods. He is paralyzed by her...

First Stringers

What happens if the physicists' String Theory is correct, and the "real" universe is nothing more than a human mental construct? And what happens to the half-dozen young adults who, through an accident on their common day of conception, can mentally pull the strings of the universe? And how is eadh affected by his/her "handicap": blind, deaf, crippled, Down's Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, paraplegia, ...


I'm making some of my novels available for purchase as eBooks, in pdf format that should be readable on your computer, on most hand-held devices, or on printouts. The novels are designed to provide a kind of experiential learning while reading an engaging and...

Earth’s Endless Effort

LAFE doesn't live in the forest. LAFE is the forest. LAFE's size and thousands of years of experience provide the wisdom to survive. When a pipeline project threatens to slice LAFE's brain, LAFE seeks the aid of Daphne DeFreest. But first they must heal her broken...

Non-Fiction Books by Gerald Weinberg


On Dysfunctional Organizations

At Company S, The developers were incredibly capable of designing and implementing fabulous product. The company was started by all engineering/development people, and we didn't know how to attract any other kind of marketing, or senior management capability to the...

Male Morning-After Contraception

The author comments: This paper was composed as an exercise in criticizing the design of experiments. You may wish to test your scientific acumen by identifying as many fallacies as you can - then compare these with your favorite experiment in software engineering....

Project Management in Haiku Form

Rick Brenner +-+-+ Project management? A complete course requires Ten simple haiku. - Jerry +-+-+ I Our project was late, so we added more people. The problem got worse. II When requirements changed, the schedule did not - were we headed for trouble? III We were doing...

A Guide to Fine Whines

In teaching software process improvement and discipline, I sometimes encounter a phenomenon I describe as "The Tsunami of Whining." (Tsunami is a Japanese word for "Tidal Wave.") Some students complain about certain issues and often do so in a rather demonstrative...

Klingons on the Planet

A few years ago I was having dinner with some Canadian friends. They raised an interesting issue. "You Americans are an incredibly militaristic society! You declare a 'War on Drugs', a 'War on Poverty', a 'War on Crime'. Your language is full of military references....

Giving to Those in Need

As an independent consultant, earning a living by helping organizations improve software development processes, I am blessed with a wonderful life where I get to experience a variety of places with the good and bad behaviors that make each one unique. Something that...

The Magic Delete Key

When consulting with organizations to establish a software process improvement program, one of my initial questions is, "Why do you want to do this?" The responses that I hear most often relate to the issue of software development productivity: "We need to be more...

Courage in the Workplace

An open letter to my friends embarking on a Corporate Change Project: If If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait...

A Model of Training

I've been reading the discussion on training with some interest. I have a few training models that I find helpful, that have been triggered by recent contributions. In local government we have frequent discussions about the proper use of bonds. The consensus seems to...

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