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The Mythical Man-Month Is Not A Myth

Brooks’ law is a principle in software development which says that “adding manpower to a late software project makes it later”.  It was coined by Fred Brooks in his well renowed 1975 book The Mythical Man-Month. There was a recent project where unrealistic timelines were imposed on a team and the project was running late […]

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Don’t rely on overtime to salvage a plan

I came across a nice analogy today in Mike Cohn’s Succeeding with Agile book which describes what sustainable pace means: Watch any marathon, and each runner will keep it up for 26.2 miles.  Look more closely, however,  and you’ll notice that the pace is not entirely consistent from mile to mile.  Each works a little […]

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IT is never 100 percent at fault for any massive project

If you read my previous blog post on Executive Support For Agile Adoption, I described how management support is important. This topic is tocuhed on in Thomas Wailgum’s recent article in the CIO.com [5 Aug 2009], After a Massive Tech Project Failure: What IT Can Expect.  In his article he states – IT is never […]

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