No Silver Bullet is the 16th installment of the Re-Read Saturday of the The Mythical Man-Month by Fred P. Brooks. No Silver Bullet is the longest of the essays, and even includes an abstract and introduction. In this essay, Brooks discusses hard parts of software development and how most of the productivity gains of the previous decades were focused around improving the processes around software development rather than addressing the really hard parts. The hard parts are capturing and translating requirements into a design. (more…)