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Book: The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition)

The Mythical Man Month comes with a big reputation attached.
The books was originally written in 1975. The author (Frederick P. Brooks, Jr) is a prominent Computer Scientist and software engineer, who most notably managed the development of the IBM OS/360 operating system. To quote Wikipedia, “the book is widely regarded as a classic on the human elements of software engineering”.
Honestly this was, for me, a difficult one to read. It's a little bit like trying to read the Bible in some parts (which personally, I find tough going). But I would say it is well worth it. In reading this book, I can see that Brook's writing has had an influence on almost every other serious piece of literature on the management and practice of software engineering that I have ever encountered.
The book is entitled “Essays on Software Engineering” and that's what it serves up. The chapters of the book are arranged in some sort of order, but really they're fairly distinct. The first few chapt…