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Software Management Lessons from the 1960s


"The Mythical Man-Month" is one of the seminal books in the field of software project management. It was written in 1975, based on experience from the 1960s. Is it even still relevant? Turns out, it is. Technology may have changed dramatically but people have not. Managing software projects is about managing people, not bits, and creative people engaged in intellectual endeavors are notoriously hard to predict and manage. (Just ask my project manager.) Fortunately, many of the lessons-learned Brooks' presents are still relevant today. Some are directly applicable ("adding people to a late project makes it later") while others are valid with a little interpretation. Still others fly in the face of conventional wisdom. What can we learn from that? This session will present a modern overview of the ideas presented by Brooks and a look at what we can still learn from them even today.

Conférence donnée lors du Forum PHP 2017, ayant eu lieu les 26 et 27 octobre 2017.

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Larry Garfield has been building websites since he was a sophomore in high school, which is longer ago than he'd like to admit. Larry has been an active Drupal contributor and consultant for over a decade, and led the Drupal 8 Web Services initiative that helped transform Drupal into a modern PHP platform. Larry is Director of Developer Experience at, a leading continuous deployment cloud hosting company. He is also a member of the PHP-FIG Core Committee as well as its Drupal representative. Larry holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from DePaul University. He blogs at both and


I really enjoyed this talk and it resonated well with many of the experiences I've had on projects.
Christopher Riley, le 27/10/2017
Excellent talk!
Matthieu Napoli, le 27/10/2017
Pretty good, it did feel a bit like quoting the book over and over, but the tie-ins made up for that. IMO maybe having a bit more varied sources than just the mythical man month might help.
James Titcumb, le 27/10/2017
Excellent talk ! . Maybe adding more anectode on "old IT" facts but still true and not focusing on managment nor just one book can be cool too. But thanks for all the insights.
Olivier Mansour, le 27/10/2017
Excellent talk that reminds us that issues occurring 40 years ago are still accurate.
Sébastien Rogier, le 30/10/2017
Nice talk, very inspiring
Benoit Viguier, le 30/10/2017
that was a good one
Wijdane AOUFI, le 30/10/2017