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The Mythical Man-Month

Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition)

Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

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...
Publish Date
First Published in 1975
Goodreads rating
An influential computer scientist makes the counter-intuitive argument that small groups of engineers are more effective than larger ones at handling complex software projects. The book lays out the theory behind Amazon’s two pizza teams.      source
@mutazsoliman I am not the best source for recommendations, because I'm so old that most books about programming have been written since I learned how, but I found SICP and The Mythical Man Month useful.      source
Had a huge impact on me.      source
Arguably the only classic book in our field. If you haven't read it, shame on you". "Reading this classic work will certainly be a better use of your time than poring over the latest thousand page technical tome du jour.      source
An early look and experience with timeless truths (and gotchas) from systems building with teams.      source
6/ Mythical Man Month. Fred Brooks turns common management assumptions on their head in the world of software development. His approach has applications across all creative and knowledge work.      source
Larry had given this book to every software executive whom he met within the company.      source
@cwodtke Mythical Man-Month--Fred Brooks. The Innovator's Dilemma--Clay Christensen, Systemantics--J. Gall. Wait, those aren't UX books.      source