TOP 20 Fred Brooks Quotes

TOP 20 Fred Brooks Quotes.
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“Nine people can’t make a baby in a month.”
— Fred Brooks (00:00)

“The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds his castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination. Few media of creation are so flexible, so easy to polish and rework, so readily capable of realizing grand conceptual structures.”
— Fred Brooks (00:07)

“The bearing of a child takes nine months, no matter how many women are assigned.”
— Fred Brooks (00:14)

“Job Control Language is the worst programming language ever designed anywhere by anybody for any purpose.”
— Fred Brooks (00:21)

“Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.”
— Fred Brooks (00:28)

“Systems program building is an entropy-decreasing process, hence inherently metastable. Program maintenance is an entropy-increasing process, and even its most skillful execution only delays the subsidence of the system into unfixable obsolescence.”
— Fred Brooks (00:35)

“Conceptual integrity is the most important consideration in system design.”
— Fred Brooks (00:42)

“I have never seen an experienced programmer who routinely made detailed flow charts before beginning to write programs.”
— Fred Brooks (00:49)

“Dissertations are not finished; they are abandoned.”
— Fred Brooks (00:56)

“You can learn more from failure than success. In failure you’re forced to find out what part did not work. But in success you can believe everything you did was great, when in fact some parts may not have worked at all. Failure forces you to face reality.”
— Fred Brooks (01:03)

“How does a project get to be a year behind schedule? One day at a time.”
— Fred Brooks (01:10)

“The hardest single part of building a software system is deciding precisely what to build.”
— Fred Brooks (01:17)

“The Waterfall Model is wrong and harmful; we must outgrow it.”
— Fred Brooks (01:24)

“Show me your flowcharts and conceal your tables, and I shall continue to be mystified. Show me your tables, and I won’t usually need your flowcharts; they’ll be obvious.”
— Fred Brooks (01:31)

“Present to inform, not to impress. If you inform, you will impress.”
— Fred Brooks (01:38)

“More software projects have gone awry for lack of calendar time than for all other causes combined.”
— Fred Brooks (01:45)

“Even the best planning is not so omniscient as to get it right the first time.”
— Fred Brooks (01:52)

“Men and months are interchangeable commodities only when a task can be partitioned among many workers with no communication among them.”
— Fred Brooks (01:59)

“A scientist builds in order to learn; an engineer learns in order to build.”
— Fred Brooks (02:06)

“A design style is defined by a set of microdecisions. A clear style reflects a consistent set. A clear style may not be a good style; a muddled one never is.”
— Fred Brooks (02:13)

Music credit: Easy Day – Kevin MacLeod


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