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The Leprechauns of Software Engineering

This review is about The Leprechauns of Software Engineering by Laurent Bossavit, self-published Leanpub.

Facts

  • 13 chapters, $5 minimum, $10 suggested
  • The book is about many things we all take for granted in software engineering, and that have no reliable underlying scientific basis

Pros and cons

This is not your average tech book, nor your average methodology book. As such, it cannot be reviewed through the pros/cons prism.

Wrap-up

Software is thought of as an engineering science: as software engineers, we are asked to provide factual data so that management can take rational decisions. This book wreaks havoc with this idyllic vision, and proves with much data that some of the “facts” we based our decisions upon are just huge memes that have  taken the status of absolute truth.

I hugely recommend reading this refreshing book, as it questions many facts taken for granted in our daily job.

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