The front cover of The Mythical Man-Month

The Mythical Man-Month

Airports and driving have conspired to keep me from finishing this week’s essay from The Mythical Man-Month, therefore I thought I would seek your advice.  The Re-Read of The Mythical Man-Month by Fred P. Brooks is nearly complete.  We have one very long retrospective essay and an epilogue left in the book and a summary essay from me. I anticipate one or two more weeks of posts. The burning question is: what is next?  We have re-read Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits, The Goal by Goldratt and now The Mythical Man-Month.  I have two questions for you. 1) Do you want me to continue with this feature?  And, 2) which book should be next?   It is time for a poll.  If you would like to suggest a book that is not on the list, feel free to “write-in” a candidate in the comments for this essay.  I have included the top entries from the poll I did a few years ago and a few suggestions readers and listeners have made along the way (or books I have rediscovered as I poked around my library). 

One final comment before the poll.  Thanks to Anteneh Berhane for his great question on the relationship between value and done (Done and Value Are Related! Part 1 and Part 2). The question Anteneh asked made me think about an aspect of software development that it is easy to assume, does functional software always measn value. I love to answer questions, so please continue to reach out by phone, email, Twitter and let’s talk.  I categorize all responses to questions with the tag “FAQ” to facilitate searches.

So, please vote below. There are two polls. For the second question about my next Re-Read book, please vote for your top 2 choices.

Now it is time for the polls: