Death March

I just finished reading Death March (Second Edition), by Edward Yourdon. I liked the fact that it referred to Dynamical Systems Theory (which is basically the mother of Complexity Theory). Yourdon tells us that software projects are dynamical systems (complex systems in my terminology) and that anything you do in such a system has non-linear and often unexpected effects. Of course, I already knew that.

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But what I had not realized before was that Brooks’ Law (“adding manpower to a software project that is behind schedule will delay it further”) is in fact a perfect example of that! I feel like I’m handed a jewel that was right under my nose and had never noticed before…

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