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The Mythical Man-Month

May 14, 2006 | Comments (0)
Frederick P. Brooks

This excellent book has a great number of essays about software engineering management. It shows the learnings of Brooks while working at IBM while managing OS/360 development. This book is an answer why software development was much more difficult that managing the hardware for OS/360.

A list of famous quotes form the book:

  • Adding people to a late project makes it later
  • The second system effect — This is about over-engineering your second system as you try to avoid all mistakes from the first. SO have an architect who has at least designed three systems!
  • How does a large software project get to be one year late? … One day at a time!
  • No silver bullet — There is no technology who brings a 10 times increase of productivity



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