As the single most important resource on a software project, people must be protected. There is more than one way to provide a buffer for the people. The most obvious is to have more developers than needed. The second is to assume that the people are only productive for a subset of the work day. My favorite number is 5.5 hours. This is a personal choice. Others may suggest different numbers. Buffers must also be introduced to accommodate vacations and ill-health. A wise manager will buffer a little more for unpredictable, life changing events such as a death, birth, marriage, terminal illness, and divorce and more esoteric ones such as fire at home, flood, earthquake, automobile accident, sports injury, and, most r...
- Chapter 4. Dealing with Uncertainty
- from Agile Management for Software Engineering: Applying the Theory of Constraints for Business Results
- Publisher: Prentice Hall
- Released: September 2003
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