The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering
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 s...more
The first and most dangerous of these myths is the belief that putting more people on a project means it'll be completed more quickly. Brooks includes one of the most brilliant graphs I've ever seen, plotting number of women against time required to produce a baby. Would you believe it: the graph is flat at ni ...more
Further Brooks was writing in the 60s, in part based on experience from the 50s, which I suppose means I'll be making some claim to wider applicability with regard to project management & people management and understanding the natu ...more
* the entire book never uses a female pronoun. ever. it makes it sound like engineers, managers, technical leads, clients are always only male. plus there's ...more
I want to print many copies and roll them up.
I want to roll them up and take them to meetings with my clients.
I want to take them to meetings and hit them over the head repeatedly while screaming "more... than... 30... years... and you... still... don't... understand... anything... stop... making... me... write... bad... software...!"
Chapters 5-8 and 9-15 seem wildly out of date. I give some reasoning below, but the gist is that the middle is mostly skippable. Worse is that the religious overtones get a little out of hand in this section. And to make it even ...more
The two most popular are "no silver bullets" and "adding developers to a late project makes it later." The former is that no new technology/technique will make an order of magnitude difference in productivity over 10 year ...more
Aside from his bold statements, most famously ...more
I agree with the points made in these two reviews, especially the ones about the default male programmer and the overextended Christian viewpoint, which actually makes Brooks misstate one of his examples.
Still, I loved the positive and realistic message of "There is no royal road, but there is a road." I can stand behind both parts of this one.
Dr. Brooks is the founder of our department, more than enough reason to read his book.
The recent extension to our department building was named after Dr. Brooks. Apparently the money for the building came as an anonymous donation from an alumnus, on the condition that it be named after Dr. Brooks. That is the kind of respect he has won from several people.
* Estimating software project completion time is really hard. (Requirements change, software is intangible and it has to fit with idiosyncrasies of human systems)
* Aristocracy in managing projects is better. There should be one final decision maker. Metaphor is a surgical team.
* Cost of coordination and communication within large teams is often ignored. This causes poor estimation.
* If a project is delayed - rescheduling or reducing scope is recommended. Addin ...more
One might wonder, as I did, how many of the concepts explained by the author apply to current technology of the 21st century, but the author tackles tha ...more
I'm frequently surprised at how many ...more
Warning: It does get a little dry at times, and most of the examples are very outdated,but the principles explained are timeless.
Second part of the book is a summary of the original book and reflections of the author after 20 years. This was much easier to read since thoughts from 1995 are more relatab ...more
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