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

by Steve_p (Priest)
on Feb 20, 2006 at 14:43 UTC ( #531426=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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

It's not too difficult.
Dear Project Manager,

Please be sure to allocate at least half of my time on the project 
over the next month to train the new programmers to on the design
and otherwise getting them up to speed.  Also, be sure to allocate half   
of their time to training as well.

P.S.  How's this make the estimate look now?

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Re^2: OT: The mythical man month - have we learned nothing?
by MadraghRua (Vicar) on Feb 20, 2006 at 16:35 UTC
    Building on this, the PM needs to add time for
    reading and understanding requirements
    reading and understanding test cases and use cases
    getting development environment set up, accessing and organizing your code repository for a group now
    time spent dividing up coding, assigning and supervising coding
    documenting the efforts of all these people
    and the fun just carries on.
    Do all the developers have the skills needed for the project or are they different levels of experience, different programming backgrounds?
    A combination of time add ons and simple non emotional explanation of why this will increase time and costs is what you need to do. If you can train them into understanding that changing things in mid development is not a good idea and that resources and requirments need to be sorted out at the beginning of the project. The PM should grasp this if they are any good and help you present your case.
    Good Luck

    yet another biologist hacking perl....

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