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Re: OT: The mythical man month - have we learned nothing?

by Anonymous Monk
on Feb 20, 2006 at 16:34 UTC ( #531453=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to OT: The mythical man month - have we learned nothing?

What's the best way to deal with the idea that schedules can always be compressed simply by adding programmers?

Sound bites.

Managers often tend to think quickly and decisively; they leave deep careful, analysis for "underlings". Don't try to make them think; present something that looks obviously true on the surface.

"Even with nine women working on the project, you can't get a baby in a month".

"Adding fifty more guys with shovels doesn't make it any faster to dig a two foot by two foot hole. At some point you just need a backhoe instead."

Give them all those old, tired metaphors that you hate and they probably love: bonus points if you include sports metaphors. Remember, these guys grew up with people chanting stuff like "Give 110%", "There is no 'I' in 'team'", and other such drivel at them; they feel at home with that sort of thing. Give them what they want.

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