Why did I love this book?
Much has changed since this book was published in 1975.
We’ve gone from phones chained to walls to smartphones you can lose behind the sofa cushions. The word “apple” went from being something you eat to something you talk into and stream movies on.
We went from ARPANET connecting a few university computers to the thoughtful, incisive forum of civil public discourse that is the internet today. (Obviously I’m kidding.)
In all of those years, however, some things haven’t changed. Management is still management, people on a development team still need to communicate, and as Brooks's Law states, “Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.”
This book reminds us that some concepts are eternal and ideas such as the second system effect and the throwaway version are still true. (It’s also a quick and easy read that will give you something to discuss at developer cocktail parties.)