3 Rules We Live By Applied to Managing Software, People, and Teams

Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 at 1:14 pm by shauli

There are many clichés used in life that can be applied as sound advice for project management, a group of people, and even a software development company.  Fred Brooks’ helped coin some of these phrases in his popular 1975 book about software engineering called The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering.  Here are three of those quotes that we deemed appropriate for developing a successful software engineering company.

1. Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.  This line can be used when referring to any number of different software projects.  It is better to put effort and time into all stages of development, especially in the very beginning.  If something isn’t meant to be, putting energy into it in the late stages will not make things better.

2. Measure twice, cut once.  Although this line can be applied for various life lessons, it will save you a ton of time and money when dealing with programming code.  Be alert and focused when creating code, and double check your work before it is too late and it takes double or triple the time to fix.  Make sure it is right the first time around.

3. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.  We have all been in the situation when you have a bad habit or you work with someone that has a habit that is impossible to break.  These bad habits may have come from another company, who does things differently than you would like, or from incorrect and inefficient training.  Instead of trying to break that deeply-rooted habit at once, it is better to retrain your brain or route the learning of your employees in a different direction that will create better practices.

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