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Re: Random thoughts on programming

by robsv (Curate)
on Feb 19, 2001 at 21:19 UTC ( #59406=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Random thoughts on programming

Seeing tilly's #5 random thought ("...The more people you have, and the longer it is expected to take, the worse your odds are.") reminds me of what often happens when software projects are behind schedule. When a software project is running behind schedule, and people "add manpower" (in the words of Fred Brooks) or "throw bodies at the problem" (my description), it often just makes matters worse. Brooks' law states that "Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later". If you're managing a software project that's running behind and are tempted to add resources, remember Brooks' warning: "When schedule slippage is recognized, the natural (and traditional) response is to add manpower. Like dousing a fire with gasoline, this makes matters much worse."

- robsv


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Re: Re: Random thoughts on programming
by Maclir (Curate) on Feb 20, 2001 at 01:54 UTC
    I recall being taugh much the same early on in my programming career. The example give to me was:
    "You cannot make a baby in one month by impregnating nine women:"

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