The Mythical Man-Month is the Bible of Software Project Management

“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.” – Amazon description

I could not have described this better myself. This is the bible of software project management; your PMP is incomplete without reading this book. Some of this reads like a textbook but don’t let that keep you from finishing it. There are golden nuggets of information throughout this book and you will use that information your whole career. The graphs important to me involved development time estimation, frequency of bugs found over time, and of course the main graph of time to complete projects based on total developers. If you are involved at any level of the software development process, you must read this book.

Tim Ferro

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