The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering / Edition 2

The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering / Edition 2

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by Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0201835959

ISBN-13: 9780201835953

Pub. Date: 10/01/1995

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

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

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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."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201835953
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Edition description:
Anniversary Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
99,702
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

1. The Tar Pit.

2. The Mythical Man-Month.

3. The Surgical Team.

4. Aristocracy, Democracy, and System Design.

5. The Second-System Effect.

6. Passing the Word.

7. Why Did the Tower of Babel Fail?

8. Calling the Shot.

9. Ten Pounds in a Five-Pound Sack.

10. The Documentary Hypothesis.

11. Plan to Throw One Away.

12. Sharp Tools.

13. The Whole and the Parts.

14. Hatching a Castrophe.

15. The Other Face.

16. No Silver Bullet -- Essence and Accident.

17. "No Silver Bullet" ReFired.

18. Propositions of The Mythical Man-Month: True or False?

19. The Mythical Man-Month After 20 Years.

Epilogue.

Notes and references.

Index. 0201835959T04062001

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The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
This book is a classic for a reason. Every essay by Frederick P. Brooks Jr. addresses software engineering and proves invaluable for those interested in the history and processes of that field. getAbstract also recommends Brooks' book to anyone who plans or organizes major projects. The collection remains timely due to the clarity of his thought and the educated loveliness of his prose. When Brooks is writing about programming, he's never just writing about programming. He's writing about the complexities of life, and about how best to plan, organize and communicate the concepts you need to overcome those complexities. This 20th-anniversary edition contains new essays in which Brooks reflects on his earlier writing - especially his principles and predications - and responds to his critics. The result showcases a singular, markedly honest mind at work. To learn more about this book, go to the following web page: http://www.getabstract.com/summary/8771/the-mythical-man-month.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book for anyone looking to manage software projects or just to figure out where they fit in on their team. The book gives great examples of structuring both large and small teams and explains it all in simple, easy to understand processes. Written nearly 40 years it has had plenty of time to be analyzed, tested and critiqued only to show that it is just as great today as it was 40 years ago (if not better).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glad to see this available in Nook.
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Ryan_the_Professor More than 1 year ago
The technical aspects are no long applicable, but the human side is still the same. It seems we humans don't change that much over time, unlike technology.