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Mythical Man-Month, The: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition

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Chapter 5. The Second-System Effect

Adde parvum parvo magnus acervus erit.[Add little to little and there will be a big pile.]—OVID

If one separates responsibility for functional specification from responsibility for building a fast, cheap product, what discipline bounds the architect's inventive enthusiasm?

The fundamental answer is thoroughgoing, careful, and sympathetic communication between architect and builder. Nevertheless there are finer-grained answers that deserve attention.

Interactive Discipline for the Architect

The architect of a building works against a budget, using estimating techniques that are later confirmed or corrected by the contractors' bids. It often happens that all the bids exceed the budget. The architect then ...

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