Sometimes, to unravel the knots in a new software project, you need a classic set of tools. This book was first released in 1975 and updated in 1986 with the essay "No Silver Bullet: Essence and Accidents of Software Engineering," which posits "there is no single development ... which by itself promises even one order of magnitude [tenfold] improvement within a decade in productivity, in reliability, in simplicity." But if the news that there's no magic bullet for increasing productivity is bumming you out, stick around for the part where Brooks argues that rock star programmers should be compensated like, well, rock stars.
"The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering" (1975)
By by Fred Brooks
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