The Mythical Man-Month: Essays On Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition
  • The Mythical Man-Month: Essays On Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition
  • The Mythical Man-Month: Essays On Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition
  • The Mythical Man-Month: Essays On Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition
  • The Mythical Man-Month: Essays On Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition
  • The Mythical Man-Month: Essays On Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition
ISBN: 0201835959
EAN13: 9780201835953
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 2, 1995
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 9.2" L x 6.5" W
Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Few books on software project management have been as influential and timeless asThe 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.

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5
   A must read for all software developers and those who would manage them.
It's just that oldie, but a goodie. Short essays about software development are in vogue today. Each is true the day they were written. This is a great deal of money, and I think people should read and heed the warnings.
 
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   reviews the basics and the samples are good. Although the age the arguments are very actual
It's well-started, reviews the basics and the samples are good, too, McBride said. Although the age arguments are very real, the police said they were exaggerated. It's a good book indeed, but as I said, I had higher expectations for this one.
 
3
   Good, if not dated
It's a great read for the history books and makes some decent confirmations about the current software engineering world we live in, he said.
 
5
   If your work is or will be related to Software Development, READ THIS BOOK! It is VERY VERY GOOD.
If you work in any capacity related to software development, this is a must-have book. Gritty and an exciting insider provide an unparalleled perspective from an insider through time.
 
5
   Required Reading
This book is required reading for anyone working on large intellectual property projects whether it be Software, Silicon, or Aerospace.
 
5
   A Classis
One of the great computing myths was that the "big bang" was a mere mechanical device. Some of the original works feel dated because so much has changed since then. The deeper truths are still valuable today.
 
2
   Great book; horrible print quality
The book is great, too, Mr. Rule told the judge. Everyone in the field knows this. The book itself is in poor reproduction quality, the copyright holder said. The images are black squares. The kicker's name is Warren. multiple typos and characters, spacing errors, but the worst of all - pages where the text is completely illegible. It looks like they printed this on a real home printer that was running out of ink.
 
5
   One of the best Computer Software Development Project Management Books ever written.
He was the guy in charge of the original IBM OS360 project. It's just as relevant today as it was yesterday. It's easy reading and fun, with an occasional cartoon tossed in to reinforce the story. The moral, he said, is that the relationship of man-months to people is not linear. Anyone involved in project management or development of software should read this book.
 
5
   Prescient and would standup well to another refresh
However, Tibor Spengler conceded that while it would be well to have another refresh from 1995 given the massive changes in software engineering, design, product, and process many of the points will remain valid and proven in 2020. What makes this level of persistent insight in spite of massive technological evolution even more shocking is the prescience of the first principled approach to deconstructing building software as a discipline. They cover a broad range of subjects, from iterative design and dev informed by user testing, the value and importance of design both for builders and users, to the roles of the architect and the implementor. Both are excellent readers, and I would thoroughly enjoy reading a new book.
 
5
   The most important book to read if you work in this environment.
It has been updated and is even better. If you read and understand this book you know why your phone and Windows operating system needs to get updates every few days, and why this situation will never change, Graham said. It's just that you are interviewing anyone for a related software job then asking, What do you think about Mythical Man-Month?" In a generous gesture of uncharacteristic compassion, McCartney also said that Diana may have been a "great interviewer." Anyone rating this book three stars or less will never work for me. It describes the complexities of all development tasks, even those that are very specific to the hardware and software field, Raymond said.
 
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