A quick find: I’ve been wanting to read the programming management classic “The Mythical Man Month” for years, but have never gotten around to it.  Turns out there is a  chapter-by-chapter summary that has been online for only 19 years (!). Enjoy getting through a classic in two hours.

However, the whole book can be summarized with the following koan from the Tao of Programming:

A manager went to the master programmer and showed him the requirements document for a new application. The manager asked the master: “How long will it take to design this system if I assign five programmers to it?”

“It will take one year,” said the master promptly.

“But we need this system immediately or even sooner! How long will it take if I assign ten programmers to it?”

The master programmer frowned. “In that case, it will take two years.”

“And what if I assign a hundred programmers to it?”

The master programmer shrugged. “Then the design will never be completed,” he said.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.