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Three software myths

October 4, 2010 Leave a comment

I love these two software engineering myths (quoted from Roger Pressman, Software Engineering A Practitioner’s Approach):

  1. Management myth: If we get behind schedule, we can add more programmers and catchup ¬†(sometimes called the “Mongolian horde” concept).
    Reality: Software development is not a mechanical.
    Brooks: “Adding people to a late software project makes it later” ¬†form the book The Mythical Man-Month 1995.
  2. Programmer myth: Once we write the program and get it to work, our job is done.
    Reality: Industry data indicates that 60% to 80%of all effort expended on software will be expended after it is delivered to the customer for its first time.
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