Light Bulb: How many MS employees does it take?
An excellent article from Eric Lippert's blog.
Thats Light Bulb XP you are talking about. Wait for LightBulb Longhorn
I saw some data a few years ago that showed how many people it took to develop however many lines of code there were in WinXP. Then I extrapolated that to one of our company products which had about 1 million LOC and I figured we'd have to hire 40 new people to get the next version out. Somehow we did just fine with 8.
<< I figured we'd have to hire 40 new people to get the next version out. Somehow we did just fine with 8>>
Reminds me of the lightbulb thread:
Rickshaw (I rode the shortbus)
Yeah, I remember reading that thread.
"Then I extrapolated that to one of our company products ..."
As the number of programmers increases, the productivity per programmer gets worse in just about every measurement -- LOC/day, defects, etc.
double the quote and use the next larger unit of time.
Read and reread "The Mythical Man-Month" by Frederick Brooks' ( Addison-Wesley, 1975, revised 1995).
I would re-read it but someone borrowed it and didn't return it.
None of that should be a surprise to anyone who has worked in a company that produces a shrinkwrapped app. Coders obviously have a coder-centric view of the business, because they have the luxury of holding that view. But it takes a tremendous level of effort to do anything release-worthy.
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