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Identifying and Managing Project Risk, 2nd Edition by Tom KENDRICK

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Chapter 11

Monitoring and Controlling Risky Projects

“Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.”—FRED BROOKS, AUTHOR OF THE MYTHICAL MAN-MONTH

Apart from phrasing (the very 1970s manpower would be replaced by the more politically correct people or staff), it’s hard to quibble with Fred Brooks’s statement. In fact, the effect described by Brooks applies to projects of almost any type, not just software projects. Adding contributors to a late project never seems to help very much, because the first thing that new people on a project need is information, so they ask blizzards of questions. These questions are directed to the overworked people already on the project, which further slows their progress. There are other reasons adding ...

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