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  1. Roy Lofquist says:

    This attitude is what is principally responsible for the poor quality and massive problems with software. I was a programmer and analyst for 45 years. My observation, and the observation of others (notably Fred Brooks, author of “The Mythical Man Month” and more than 100 other publications) is that individual programmers vary in productivity and quality by as much as 10-20/1.

    He also pointed out that beyond a small number of people involved in a project (maybe 10 max) the longer it takes and quality and reliability suffer. This is because the communication lines multiply very quickly (2 people = 1 channel, 3 = 6, 4 = 12, 5 = 20, etc..).

    This situation resulted from the view that “professional managers” can handle what is essentially research and development. I can’t count the number of projects that were totally f’d because of the sanctity of the schedule.

  2. Roy Lofquist says:

    This attitude is what is principally responsible for the poor quality and massive problems with software. I was a programmer and analyst for 45 years. My observation, and the observation of others (notably Fred Brooks, author of “The Mythical Man Month” and more than 100 other publications) is that individual programmers vary in productivity and quality by as much as 10-20/1.

    He also pointed out that beyond a small number of people involved in a project (maybe 10 max) the longer it takes and quality and reliability suffer. This is because the communication lines multiply very quickly (2 people = 1 channel, 3 = 6, 4 = 12, 5 = 20, etc..).

    This situation resulted from the view that “professional managers” can handle what is essentially research and development. I can’t count the number of projects that were totally f’d because of the sanctity of the schedule.

  3. J Larssen says:

    “I think coding is the blue-collar job of the 21st century. ”

    Very true. And just as schools went on training schoolchildren in woodwork and metalwork long after those skills had ceased to be routes to lifelong employment, schools now are obsessed with teaching students to program — as though that is synonymous with learning to think rationally and analytically. It isn’t; it’s wasting time on an outdated mechanical skill. They would be better off reading Austen than Javascript.

    • juandos says:

      They would be better off reading Austen than Javascript“….

      As in Jane Austen?

      Hmmm, sounds like child abuse to me…

  4. Chris says:

    And like the corporate leaders of the 1980s, today’s robber barons of silicon valley wish to dilute their salaries by trying to pass “comprehensive immigration reform” to help lower their costs so they can earn even more money. So, Jim, do you support higher legal immigration so we can lower the wages of higher IQ cubical jockeys? It’s okay to admit you support billionaires earning more. It’s not like these guys will ever unionize, amirite?

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