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Code Complete, Second Edition

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Effect of Project Size on Development Activities

If you are working on a one-person project, the biggest influence on the project's success or failure is you. If you're working on a 25-person project, it's conceivable that you're still the biggest influence, but it's more likely that no one person will wear the medal for that distinction; your organization will be a stronger influence on the project's success or failure.

Activity Proportions and Size

As project size increases and the need for formal communications increases, the kinds of activities a project needs change dramatically. Figure 27-3 shows the proportions of development activities for projects of different sizes.

Figure 27-3. Construction activities dominate small projects. Larger projects ...

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