In 1975, Frederick P. Brooks Jr. published "The Mythical Man-Month", a collection of insightful observations on how large computer projects fail, flounder and sometimes even succeed. More than 30 years later, the Mythical man-month is still as relevant as it ever was - if not as well known and as well read as it should be by project managers in all fields of endeavour.
**NOTE** This session was presented by Peter de Jager with the express permission of the author.
We will focus on the key idea in the book. That throwing extra resources at a late project, will just make it later. We'll address why this is so, what we might do about it, and even why we continue - 30+ years later - to fall into the thought trap that 10 people can dig a hole 10 times faster than one person.
The Presentation will, of course, include other concepts in the book, but the core of the presentation will focus on Brooks' Law – why it’s true, why it matters, and what it means to the success and failure of your next project.