Chapter 18. Propositions of The Mythical Man-Month: True or False?
For brevity is very good,Where we are, or are not understood.—SAMUEL BUTLER, Hudibras
Much more is known today about software engineering than was known in 1975. Which of the assertions in the original 1975 edition have been supported by data and experience? Which have been disproved? Which have been obsoleted by the changing world? To help you judge, here in outline form is the essence of the 1975 book—assertions I believed to be true: facts and rule-of-thumb-type generalizations from experience—extracted without change of meaning. (You might ask, "If this is all the original book said, why did it take 177 pages to say it?") Comments in brackets are new.
Most of these propositions ...