From the time of publication of the essay “No Silver Bullet” in 1986, we have been looking for the silver bullet ever more diligently. Even the essay’s author, Dr. Fred Brooks, Jr., wrote a sequel called “‘No Silver Bullet’ Refired” that appeared in 1995. On a less grand scale, five years later, I gave a sad keynote address at Software Methods and Tools 2000, a part of which was a prediction that project management would become another failed silver bullet in this century.
Sadly, all of the above predictions have turned out to be true. Continue reading