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Re: Common Software Development Mistakes

by iguanodon (Priest)
on Aug 07, 2011 at 18:16 UTC ( #919104=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Common Software Development Mistakes

++. I always enjoy reading your entertaining and thought provoking posts. I'd follow you on twitter if I didn't think it was such a daft idea :)

Throughout my career (a small number of jobs but a lot of different management regimes) I have also not met a high level manager who has heard of Brooks' Law or The Mythical Man-Month. Most of the grunts doing the work and most of their immediate supervisors understand it, but at a certain level I guess it's just not required reading.

So when we inevitably run into problems (pick any ten from the list above) and we're asked why we don't "just bring on some contractors", the favorite response is "Nine women can't make a baby in one month". It always gets laughs on the conference calls, then the next question is "but seriously, why don't you just bring in some contractors?"

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Re^2: Common Software Development Mistakes
by pemungkah (Priest) on Aug 08, 2011 at 18:09 UTC
    It helps immensely if one is also conversant with the scale of the project that Brooks is writing about. OS/360 was a monumental achievement: arguably, all IBM's non-Linux OS's are still based on the OS/360 concepts, though we've gone from a Cambrian weird wonder to a velociraptor at this point. (edit: typo)

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