The tenants of software development put forth in Fred Brook’s seminal work “Mythical Man Month” are considered by most professional software developers to be “Best Practices”. They are not considered to be best practices because someone smart wrote them down; they are given this title because for the past fifty years smart people have reaffirmed that they are the best practices when developing computer software. Brooks talks about everything from how to estimate the time it will take, to how to structure your development teams. In fourteen chapters Brooks lays out the way to handle things.
Yes, there were software development books written before “Mythical Man Month” and yes there have been some great ones written after it. Many of they lay out current implementation practices for the era and were groundbreaking when written.
Don’t confuse current implementation practices, with best practices.
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