Software Management Lessons from the 1960s

Larry Garfield (17.Mar.2017 at 13:00, 50 min)
Talk at Midwest PHP 2017 (English - US)

Rating: 5 of 5

"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. Along the way we'll keep an eye on Open Source, and what lessons we may have forgotten.

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Rating: 5 of 5

17.Mar.2017 at 13:31 by Aaron Holbrook (3 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Great talk Larry, great insights, nice to not be always rediscovering the wheel!

Rating: 5 of 5

17.Mar.2017 at 13:47 by Nic Steenhout (8 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Great delivery of great content. Larry, you said last night your talk was a book review. It's much more than that.

Rating: 5 of 5

17.Mar.2017 at 13:57 by Jeremiah Sandahl (23 comments) via Web2 LIVE

I came in expecting a great session and was blown away by the great lecture. I wasn't expecting to hear about system architecture and design. I wish this was the first course I took in programming or the first keynote of the conference. I would just love to hear it again. Not a single dull moment.

Rating: 5 of 5

17.Mar.2017 at 14:03 by epilektric (20 comments) via Web2 LIVE

A great distillation of the Mythical Man-month and guidance and what works or doesn't.

Rating: 5 of 5

17.Mar.2017 at 14:13 by Brian Fenton (62 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Tons of information organized in a logical way and delivered well. Mustn't forget the lessons of the past, but learn and build upon them. Good slide content too, will definitely review them a few times.

Rating: 5 of 5

17.Mar.2017 at 14:35 by Dave Buchanan (26 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Very insightful and historical talk. Lots of takeaways and easily digestable! The implementer versus architect slides were the most applicable to me. Thanks!

Rating: 5 of 5

24.Mar.2017 at 19:39 by Vesna Vuynovich Kovach (13 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Wonderful talk. Keynote worthy!

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