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New Blog Post: The Mythical Year of Experience
« on: October 17, 2007, 01:28:35 pm »
The Mythical Year of Experience
http://blog.slickedit.com/2007/10/the-mythical-year-of-experience/

In one of the greatest books ever written about software development, “The Mythical Man Month”, Fred Brooks refutes the premise that effort can be quantified in “man months”, the amount of work done by one person in one month. The central flaw is illustrated as follows: if a woman can have a baby in 9 months, then 9 women should be able to have a baby in 1 month. The core problem is that not all tasks can be reduced into parallel subtasks. Even when they can, breaking work into smaller units often adds overhead.

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