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Book review – The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, 2nd Edition

The Mythical Man-Month is one of those classics you always hear one talk about and/or cite in a presentation. The original book was published in 1975 by Fred Brooks, a former IBM employee and Turing Award winner, and, as stunning as it sounds, most of its content is still valid nowadays - in fact, you’ll end noting that Computer Science is still a big mess, even after decades of existence. ;)

The most relevant idea of the book is the forging of the Brooks’ Law, which states that “adding manpower to a late software project makes it later”. Besides that, Brooks’ exposes some other interesting facts (I chose the ones that were really interesting in my opinion):

Although this book is really old, it’s full of stuff that is still useful for the contemporary programmer. A must read for everyone.

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