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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."
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.
Notes and references.