- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman Publishing Co (Dec. 1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201006502
- ISBN-13: 978-0201006506
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Mythical Man Month and Other Essays on Software Engineering Paperback – 1 Dec 1974
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Deals with the management problems of maintaining a conceptual coherence in a large computer programming system.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is a little bit dated on technical matters, but no book on software management has been so timeless as The Mythical Man-Month.
This is a great book for project managers but this certainly doesn't mean it is any less valuable for programmers. The theories Fred. Brooks pioneered 34 years back are now fundamentals of software engineering and project management. Some essays I found valuable in particular are "The Mythical Man-Month" where author discusses managing project schedules, "Plan to Throw One Away" where author discusses the change in user requirements and how to tackle these changes. The best of the lot is "No Silver Bullet", where author compares software construction to werewolves, who appears to be normal but can suddenly turn into monsters. Here author stresses that managing complexity is the essence of software engineering. It includes gems like "Software entities are more complex for their size than perhaps any other human construct, because no two parts are alike. If they are, we make the two similar parts into one, a subroutine. In this respect, software systems differ profoundly from computers, buildings, or automobiles, where repeated elements abound" and "The hardest single part of building a software system is deciding precisely what to built.Read more ›
Yes, it has dated in places but even so it is still very interesting and often incredibly insightful. The title essay (about how throwing additional people at an already late project simply makes it even later) and the essay about Second System Syndrome at particularly good.
It ought to be (but rather sadly is not) a must read for everybody working in IT.
was project lead for IBMs system 360 software and
articulates truths I have known and experienced personally
during the last fifteen years of software development.
I really enjoyed his understanding of the limits and
capabilities of the human mind, especially bandwidth
inside one mind compared to bandwidth between minds.
I found Brooks's combination of knowledge and humilty
appealing, and the whole book was a delight to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read, not really outdated even today, despite all this agile non-sense.Published 5 months ago by benchan
Mostly just historical musings now. Best quote: "...I expect the [Windows] interface to be a historical relic in a generation." XDPublished 5 months ago by brasso345345
First read at Uni. Moved to electronic edition as the paper version is a bit worn out.
As others before me have said, reread annually.
It is dated, but I read the original for some foolishness in education, and re-reading it I suspect nothing has changed. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Arboreal Cephalopod
After 10 years of experience and studying intensively Agile, the information seems repetitive and some information irrelevant. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Anca
Fantastic quality and for its age it puts all photoshopping of women in magazines etc. to shame.
This book was recommended to me by a colleague and on quick skim I think... Read more