This book is a belated answer to Tom Watson's probing questions as to why programming is hard to manage. Because this is a book of essays and not a text, all the refer- ences and notes have been banished to the end of the volume, and the reader is urged to ignore them on his first reading. Most have emerged with running systems — few have met goals, schedules, and budgets.
In this quest I have profited from long conversations with R. I am deeply indebted to Miss Sara Elizabeth Moore, Mr. Rebecca Burris for their help in preparing the manuscript, and to Professor Joseph C. Large and small, massive or wiry, team after team has become entangled in the tar.
No one thing seems to cause the difficulty — any particular paw can be pulled away.
But the accumulation of simultaneous and interact- ing factors brings slower and slower motion.
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.
The efl^ort cannot be called wholly successful, however. I believe the critical need to be the preservation of the conceptual integrity of the product itself.
Any OS/360 user is quickly aware of how much better it should be. Vyssotsky of Bell Telephone Laboratories, Charles Portman of International Computers Limited, A. Ershov of the Computation Laboratory of the Siberian Division, U. These chapters explore both the difficulties of achieving this unity and methods for doing so.
The Mythical Man-Month Essays on Software Engineering Frederick P. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill ADDISON-WESLEY PUBLISHING COMPANY Reading, Massachusetts • Menlo Park, California London • Amsterdam • Don Mills, Ontario • Sydney Cover drawing: C. Copyright © 1975 by Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc. But in many other ways it is different — in more ways than most professional managers expect. There have been several conferences, sessions at AFIPS conferences, some books, and pa- pers.
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