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Chief Programmer Team Update

One spinoff from the 10x difference in programmer productivity was the Chief Programmer Team structure. The idea of the chief-programmer team was originally developed at IBM during the late 1960s (Baker 1972, Baker and Mills 1973). It was popularized by Fred Brooks in the Mythical Man-Month (Brooks 1975, 1995), in which Brooks referred to it as a surgical team. The two terms are interchangeable. I described the technique in my 1996 book Rapid Development, but I think we've learned...

  1. Posted on March 31, 2008 5:28:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
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