"The Mythical Man-Month" is one of the seminal books in the field of software project management. It was written in 1975, based on experience from the 1960s. Is it even still relevant? Turns out, it is. Technology may have changed dramatically but people have not. Managing software projects is about managing people, not bits, and creative people engaged in intellectual endeavors are notoriously hard to predict and manage. (Just ask my project manager.) Fortunately, many of the lessons-learned Brooks' presents are still relevant today. Some are directly applicable ("adding people to a late project makes it later") while others are valid with a little interpretation. Still others fly in the face of conventional wisdom. What can we learn from that? This session will present a modern overview of the ideas presented by Brooks and a look at what we can still learn from them even today.


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I really enjoyed this talk and it resonated well with many of the experiences I've had on projects.

Excellent talk!

James Titcumb at 17:04 on 27 Oct 2017

Pretty good, it did feel a bit like quoting the book over and over, but the tie-ins made up for that. IMO maybe having a bit more varied sources than just the mythical man month might help.

Excellent talk ! . Maybe adding more anectode on "old IT" facts but still true and not focusing on managment nor just one book can be cool too. But thanks for all the insights.

Excellent talk that reminds us that issues occurring 40 years ago are still accurate.

Nice talk, very inspiring

Wijdane AOUFI at 14:41 on 30 Oct 2017

that was a good one