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Mar. 10th, 2006 | 08:55 pm
music: Low - I Could Live In Hope - Cut

37 signals have a blog where they pretty much talk about how all big software companies are doing things wrong and should have small teams that work on focused simple things. They basically tout "small teams of people" as the new "web 2.0" way.
Clearly, this is an idea that has been around for a while:
A manager went to the master programmer and showed him the requirements document for a new application. The manager asked the master: ``How long will it take to design this system if I assign five programmers to it?''

``It will take one year,'' said the master promptly.

``But we need this system immediately or even sooner! How long will it take if I assign ten programmers to it?''

The master programmer frowned. ``In that case, it will take two years.''

``And what if I assign a hundred programmers to it?''

The master programmer shrugged. ``Then the design will never be completed,'' he said.
The Tao Of Programming (Last modified 1996-04-10 or earlier)

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