The Mythical Man-Month Revisited
"This is the essence. The accident is everything else involved in software development. The details of the programming language, the configuration management, the modeling language, the packaging, documentation tools, libraries, build tools and so on are all accidental work in software development. Clearly there's lots of accidental work. Here's why what Brooks is saying makes so much sense — no one single area of software development is so badly burdened by accidental work that improving it can yield an order-of-magnitude improvement in overall productivity, reliability or simplicity."
(Submitted by Noel Mon Jun 21, 2004 )
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