Terrence,

I understand the one program-one programmer approach, and have generally
used it...

But I'm not catching the drift of your last sentence, however.

jt

| -----Original Message-----
| From: midrange-l-admin@midrange.com
| [mailto:midrange-l-admin@midrange.com]On Behalf Of Terrence Daniels
| Sent: Saturday, December 08, 2001 11:56 PM
| To: midrange-l@midrange.com
| Subject: RE: "One person per product"
| Importance: High
|
|
| It is very interesting that speak of this issue because I myself have a
| problem with having too many programmers developing a product. I
| have always
| proposed one program one programmer. It makes it a whole lot harder for
| someone to finish a project someone else started than to end a
| project that
| he or she started.
|
| Terrence Daniels
| Nt Administrator
|
|
| -----Original Message-----
| From: midrange-l-admin@midrange.com
| [mailto:midrange-l-admin@midrange.com]On
| Behalf Of Reeve Fritchman
| Sent: Friday, December 07, 2001 8:30 AM
| To: midrange-l@midrange.com
| Subject: "One person per product"
|
| This is a great concept (I live it myself) but it requires complete
| understanding of the project and serious coding discipline.  There is a
| school of thought promoting two people working on a project (one
| coding, one
| handling in-line review, etc.); that's interesting as well but
| probably not
| necessary for general business iSeries stuff (but when you're in
| the middle
| of a bunch of API's with pointers flying around like spam from
| DotBizCentral, having somebody looking over your shoulder is
| probably a good
| idea).
|
| If you have a big project, it appears the best thing to do is to break it
| into little projects and limit the people working on each project.
|
| I found an interesting article by an IBM researcher on programmer
| productivity; his message is that a two-minute telephone call really takes
| 17 minutes: two minutes for the call and 15 minutes to get all the mental
| plates spinning again.  This makes you wonder about the efficacy of
| programmers in cubicles and the concept of the open office; I guess the
| solution is to provide a couple of private phone-less mini-offices with
| doors and PC's with development tools only, a coder would take
| residence to
| get privacy and productivity.
|
|
| 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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