The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition by Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition

byFrederick P. Brooks Jr.

Kobo ebook | August 2, 1995

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Few books on software project management have been as influential and timeless as The Mythical Man-Month. With a blend of software engineering facts and thought-provoking opinions, Fred Brooks offers insight for anyone managing complex projects. These essays draw from his experience as project manager for the IBM System/360 computer family and then for OS/360, its massive software system. Now, 20 years after the initial publication of his book, Brooks has revisited his original ideas and added new thoughts and advice, both for readers already familiar with his work and for readers discovering it for the first time.

 

The added chapters contain (1) a crisp condensation of all the propositions asserted in the original book, including Brooks' central argument in The Mythical Man-Month: that large programming projects suffer management problems different from small ones due to the division of labor; that the conceptual integrity of the product is therefore critical; and that it is difficult but possible to achieve this unity; (2) Brooks' view of these propositions a generation later; (3) a reprint of his classic 1986 paper "No Silver Bullet"; and (4) today's thoughts on the 1986 assertion, "There will be no silver bullet within ten years."

Title:The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary EditionFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 2, 1995Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0132119161

ISBN - 13:9780132119160

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perspective is everything One of the most profound observations in this work can be summed up as "to make a late project later, just add people" or, in other words, "you can't put nine women in a room and have a baby in a month". As an exploration of managing software development, this book should be required reading for anyone involved in the delivery software systems. Considering this was written some twenty years ago, it certainly demonstrates that while the "state of the art" in software continues to rapidly evolve, the "state of the practise" in managing the development of those systems has not kept pace. Fred Brooks has much to say about the complexities of managing software engineering, and it is as relevant today, as it was twenty years ago.
Date published: 2000-05-02