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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard truths about managing software projects, June 28, 1997
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This review is from: The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition) (Paperback)
Most of what you'll read in this book will not come as a surprise, you've
heard it before; well, this is the source. These are observation like:
Programmers who really think they found the last bug mess up your planning
(since they didn't), the last 10% of a software project may take more resources
to complete than all used so far and adding resources to a project will only
make it finish even later.

This very book has left a tremendous impression on the industry ever since
it was first printed (1971?) although most mistakes are still made.
Virtually all examples are outdated like "--the date should be changed manually for a leap year, this saves some 50 bytes in main memory--" but
anyone can substitute relevant examples.

The author's main argument is that no "silver bullet" will be invented that
can decrease the time to perform a complex software project significantly.
In this 1995 edition the author admits (in a new chapter) that some of his
conclusions are incorrect but he stays with that argument: the silver bullet
was not invented and will not soon (if ever) be invented.
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