Most of the technical details in this collection of essays are way over my head. (My lack of programming knowledge is compounded by a life spent with personal computers, not the mainframes Brooks describes.) Despite that, the lessons about management and organizational structure and strategy are entirely contemporary and relevant. One thing largely missing is insight into graphical user interface development and the field that would become user-centered design—simply because this work predates the GUI. I would recommend this for people interested in either management or technology, just for the title essay.