> Certainly less than 3 months because they would not periodically
stop to
> bring 3 captains together to argue.  Have you read the mythical
man month ...
> about how the more people who have to communicate, the less work
that gets
> done because more time spent on communicating?

Read it? I live it!

Our customers ask us how we can develop better software with less
programmers than our competitors, and I say - because we only let
one guy work on one product, at least until it is pretty mature,
when bug fixes are allowed by newer people (scary thought, isn't
it?) But we follow some strict, commonsense standards that are
published and explained to everyone, and new people have to work
under the oversight of an experienced programmer until the quality
of the code and comments is known, along with their embrasure of
the standards.

Of course, you have to have pretty good programmers to do this. I
've  written a number of VB programs that go over ten thousand
lines (that seems like a lot to me).Our AS/400 side is all written
by one person (the best in town, at least), who is happy to tell
me 'no you can't do it THAT way.'

God bless him.

Brad Jensen
Elstore.com home of the Niagra - I mean Niagara CD Recorder for
the AS/400

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