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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by n1vux (1492) on 2005.09.27 14:14 (#43514) Homepage Journal
    jplindstrom is correct in his reply -- Brooks Law is usually quoted out of conext.

    In justifying his law, Brooks specifically cited the increasing number of interpersonal interfaces (n**2) and the ramp-up time of the new staff (and the concomittant investment required by the existing staff in the new staff's ramp-up. If Rent on a pickup is less than on a bulldozer, or if there's a premium for early completion advantage; or if Supervisors get paid double rate ...)

    Splitting non-core tasks off and out-sourcing them is out of scope for Brooks law, always was. Brooks recognized that while 9 Women can not make a baby in one month, those same 9 women CAN clear as many acres in a month as one woman could in 9 months (if they *each* get a bulldozer and map, fuel, ...).

    (There *are* many hidden IFs regarding logistics - one working alone must do all his/her own logistics, whereas one of the 9 will be a logistics / supervisor with a pickup , so now you have 9 workers and get 8 person-months worth of work done with 9 person-months expended in 1 month, as compared to about the same 8 months worth of work done by one person in 9 months if she does her own supplies & logistics. Economies of scale may help, if the team meetings and Reporting doesn't eat the savings. The Bonus for Early Completion _should_ overwhelm the savings or overhead. Should.)

    Brooks, Mythical Man Month, http://isbn.nu/0201835959 [isbn.nu]
    --
    Bill
    # I had a sig when sigs were cool
    use Sig;