As much as I hate to praise anyone at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, this is really
an interesting and valuable book.
Above, splinky highlights some of the main points contained
book. I completely agree with him regarding the overall
quality and value of the book and just wanted to add
a few comments from a differentperspective.
I got my hands on the 20th Anniversary Edition of The MM-M
which includes 4 new chapters. As noted above, the
quality and continuing relevance of the author's
original writings/ideas (in 1975) is impressive.
The new chapeters, added in 1995, are devoted to
reexamination of those ideas, updating his theories, and
debating certain criticisms of his original book.
I am not a software engineer and I do not make my living
writing computer programs. I have never seen the IBM System/360
that serves as an example for so many of the author's theories
and experiences. Despite all that, I still found a lot of
in this book (really a short collection of essays). And Brooks
himself notes that a significant amount of correspondence
regarding the original work has come from outside the field of
computer science/software engineering. Most of the more
general ideas apply to anyone managing people or
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