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Software Folklore

Culture is important. It’s how we carry out our practice of software development. One of the great things we do to transmit our culture is through maxims we call laws.

For example, Parkinson’s Law states, “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

And here’s another one. Brookes’ Law talks about scheduling – “Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.”

Conway’s Law was highlighted as a "trend" in the most recent Technology Radar and states – “Any piece of software reflects the organisational structure that produced it." 

Piqued your curiosity? Watch or listen to my PechaKucha for more on software folklore. Let me know what you think @ctford


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