The Mythical Man-Month was recommended in a master’s class on project control systems. You don’t need to be a graduate student to understand this text, though, nor do you need to be a programmer. Originally written in 1975, Mr. Brooks draws from his experience guiding the development of an operating system, as well as a tremendous amount of research conducted by a number of individuals, to talk about a variety of challenges in management. In the 20th anniversary edition, four additional chapters are included where Mr. Brooks reviews what he wrote and talks about whether he feels it still applies or not. In almost every case, he stands by what he wrote, and I do too.