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The Design of Design:  Essays from a Computer Scientist  by Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.

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Effective design is  at the heart of everything from software development to engineering to  architecture. But what do we really know about the design process? What  leads to effective, elegant designs? The Design of Design addresses  these questions.These new essays by Fred Brooks contain extraordinary insights  for designers in every discipline. Brooks pinpoints constants inherent  in all design projects and uncovers processes and patterns likely to  lead to excellence. Drawing on conversations with dozens of exceptional  designers, as well as his own experiences in several design domains,  Brooks observes that bold design decisions lead to better outcomes.

The author  tracks the evolution of the design process, treats collaborative and  distributed design, and illuminates what makes a truly great designer.  He examines the nuts and bolts of design processes, including budget  constraints of many kinds, aesthetics, design empiricism, and tools, and  grounds this discussion in his own real-world examples–case studies  ranging from home costruction to IBM’s Operating System/360. Throughout,  Brooks reveals keys to success that every designer, design project  manager, and design researcher should know.


About the Author
Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.,  is Kenan Professor of Computer Science at the University of North  Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the recipient of the National Medal of  Technology, for his work on IBM’s Operating System/360, and the A. M.  Turing Award, for his “landmark contributions to computer architecture,  operating systems, and software engineering.” He is the author of the  best-selling book The Mythical Man-Month, Anniversary Edition (Addison-Wesley,  1995).

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