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The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software…

The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary… (original 1974; edition 1995)

by Frederick P. Brooks

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Since the first publication of The Mythical Man-Month in 1975, no software engineer's bookshelf has been complete without it. Many software engineers and computer scientists have claimed to be "on their second or third copy" of the book.  This edition is an enhanced re-release of the Brooks classic. Included are all of the existing essays that were originally presented, with the addition of three new essays assessing the current status of software project management. Brooks's well-known 1986 article, No Silver Bullet, is also included.… (more)
Title:The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition)
Authors:Frederick P. Brooks
Info:Addison-Wesley Professional (1995), Edition: 2, Paperback, 336 pages
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While a classic, the book is obviously dated. Some of the advice is dated and some of it no longer relevant (concerns about tape drives, documentation on microfiche, etc.), but some of it, including the classic advice about adding people slowing down projects, is still relevant. And I have a certain fondness for even the outdated parts, although some of it goes over my head by referencing things I've never heard of (including OS/360, his prime example). ( )
  teknognome | Nov 14, 2016 |
An interesting read of a classic - mostly not relevant to today I would suggest, but some lessons which remain valid. ( )
  rlangston | Feb 8, 2016 |
A decent & quick read, but many of the essays in the book are obsolete and not applicable to most programmers. However, the core essays that made this book famous are definitely worth a look. ( )
  brikis98 | Nov 11, 2015 |
Must read to understand what is software engineering and project management ( )
  JavierRiestra | Aug 21, 2014 |
Often, a book such as this, which is ground-breaking at the time of publication, loses much on its way through time. This work is still timely, and the lessons (sadly) still need to be learned. My favorite of anything Dr Brooks said:

"Nine women can't make a baby in one month."

The chapter entitled "Why Did the Tower of Babel Fail?" has the most instructive and useful discussion I've seen on how to manage a large programming (or other) project. It's brief, to the point, and leaves nothing out.

This is not just a historical book; it's still useful, and I recommend it. ( )
1 vote Lyndatrue | Feb 15, 2014 |
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Dedication of the 1975 edition:
To two who especially enriched my IBM years:
Thomas J. Watson, Jr.,
whose deep concern for people still permeates his company,
Bob O. Evans,
whose bold leadeship turned work into adventure.
Dedication of the 1995 edition
To Nancy,
God's gift to me.
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No scence from prehistory is quite so vivid as that of the mortal struggles of great beasts in the tar pits.
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