Python BDFL Guido van Rossum has started a blog specifically to tell the history of the Python programming language. If you're interested in open source processes, I highly recommend it. Feel free to skim whatever is too technical for you; what's left is still likely to be valuable. For example, today he posted a timeline of Python's development. Python started as an internal company project in 1989. No matter how quickly it seems like technology changes, successful projects have multi-decade timelines.