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A Tale of 20 Interns, One Project and One Fiery Debate

By LinuxInsider

March 22, 2010

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Few geeks are unfamiliar with the concept of the "Mythical Man-Month" from Fred Brooks' classic software engineering tome by the same name. It's a classic for good reason, which is probably why the debate has been so intense in the past week over a high-profile example that some say refutes it.

Did startup Ksplice disprove Brooks' Mythical Man-Month Theory with an army of student interns from MIT? Fifty comments appeared in short order on the Ksplice Software Blog, where the story was first told; a stampede of Slashdot bloggers then added hundreds of their own.

Insults were hurled; assertions were mocked. The dust has yet to settle.

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