Notes on Chapter 5 of the proceedings of the NATO Software Engineering Conference 1968

October 12, 2008

NATO Software Engineering Conference 1968, chapter 5.

This isn’t a paper like the others. It is transcription of key dialogue that took place at the NATO Software Engineering Conference in 1968. There are some famous names in the mix, like Dijkstra and Perlis.

It’s an intriguing read: 40 years ago, they wrestled with many of the same issues we have today. They talk about difficulties in software estimation, motivating and measuring programmers, measuring cost, managing large teams, communication within teams and measuring performance. I guess not much has changed.

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