Management Metaphors (Military, sport, cartoon)
Military metaphors used to be big in management. Command and control, etc.
I don't know that the question is placed correctly. Metaphors are best used to explore one's own understanding of a certain topic; they aren't applied merely for applying. Any topic can also have almost any metaphor applied to it. Some work better than others, but the same goal still exists; exploring your own understanding of some issue.
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Mconnel goes through a list of them in Rapid Devleopment. I can definatly see the "surgical team" (almost the same as your hollywood definition), where one of the more advanced coders writes the hardest stuff, and there are 2 or 3 guys supporting him by doing user interface design, refining his implementations, helping with bug tests/fixes, and other less complex stuff.
Not to get too OT, but the Hollywood metaphor reminds me of a concern I've been feeling of late regarding the direction Open Source software is going (and possibly taking non-OSS models with it?) with regard to job opportunities. Except that in my metaphor it's the music industry, and there are only a handful of rock stars who actually get to do what they love for a living. They are a tiny, tiny percentage of the hordes of willing musicians who are pouring their blood, sweat and tears everyday into being able to play, record and tour at their own expense. The industry itself reflects this from the inside as well -- estimates claim that of the acts on any given major label, the profits of 15% carry the remaining unprofitable 85%. In OSS I see a handful of "rock stars" who work for Red Hat, Ximian / Novell, etc. I wouldn't count the employees of corporations who use / support OSS (like IBM), as their bread and butter is not the strictly the fruit of the OSS revenue model. Furthermore, in contrast to the thousands (?) of open source projects I would have to geuss that only a small percentage (comparable to the 15% figure from the music biz?) reliably generate revenue from the OSS model itself -- MySQL and Red Hat again come to mind. Meanwhile, 90% of what makes up sourceforge are labor-of-love types like the garage bands pouring it out in every city in America.
Another metaphor is the publishing industry which, as Greenspun points out, exists to pay the salaries of people who work at publishing companies, rather than to pay the writers.
Change benefits everyone except those unwilling to adapt.
Yeah, World War II and 11 September were so beneficial to so many people.
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