The Cathedral and the Bazaar

The Cathedral and the Bazaar is possibly the best known work discussing software development paradigms. It is written by Eric Steven Raymond and published under the Open Publication License v2.0. This 35 page essay discusses software, but the principles can be applied to many design applications. Building a community centered around a technology is compared to a cooperative economic market or biological ecosystem where self interested parties work together efficiently. You can download this book here to read more.