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Re: [Axiom-developer] Why did Axiom fail in the 1990s?

From: William Sit
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] Why did Axiom fail in the 1990s?
Date: Sun, 01 Jul 2007 17:29:13 -0400

address@hidden wrote:
> There is a constant drumbeat to expand the number of developers.
> To quote Chris DiDona, Danese Cooper, and Mark Stone (Open Sources 2.0
> ISBN 0-596-00802-3, pXXVIII):
>   Brooks' Law appears to set a fundamental limit on the optimal
>   size of programming teams -- and a rather small limit at that.
>   Empirical evidence supports Brooks's Law. For example, since
>   its inception has maintained very close to a
>   10:1 ratio of registered users to registered projects, suggesting
>   that open source development projects seldom have more than
>   10 active developers.

Brooks' law may limit the number of developers, but it did
not say what constitutes a project. For a large project with
many (say 10) subprojects, Brooks' law may apply to
subprojects. Are you advocating one developer per subproject
is sufficient?


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