Fred Brooks (author of Mythical Man-Month) at Etsy on June 14

Posted by on June 8, 2010

Fred Brooks was awesome! Here are a couple of links to blog posts by folks who were there:

Original post announcing the talk below:

When I talk with technologists (and we are hiring, so I do a lot these days!), I like to know who their personal technology heroes are. Frederick Brooks is one of mine. Many describe his Mythical Man-Month as the most important book about software engineering ever written. I think his essay “No Silver Bullet” is quite possibly the most insightful writing about our craft that I have come across. Mythical Man-Month was first published in 1975, and “No Silver Bullet” was first published in 1986, so it is nothing short of remarkable that Brooks’ work holds up so incredibly well in such a rapidly-changing discipline.

I’m honored and excited that Dr. Brooks will be visiting Etsy in Brooklyn on Monday, June 14 at 6pm to talk about Design of Design: Essays of a Computer Scientist (available now on Amazon), his first book since the seminal Mythical Man-Month. It’s a great read! We will have copies of the book available at the talk, and Dr. Brooks will be signing them as time allows. If you’re in the NYC area and care about software engineering (and you do if you’re reading this!) you won’t want to miss this rare chance.

This event is open to the public, but space is limited. Visit our Eventbrite page to sign up. We would love to see you there. We’ll be bringing more great technology minds like Dr. Brooks to speak at Etsy — stay tuned!

Posted by on June 8, 2010
Category: events, philosophy

3 Comments

What a great event. What a great speaker. Thanks for making this happen Chad.

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