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Philippe’s Law

In a 1992 keynote speech at COMDEX , Philippe Kahn gave a formula on software development productivity which he called Philippe’s Law. The law states that the productivity of a software developer in a team of N people is diminished by dividing it by the cube root of N. In other words,

Philippe's Law

This is very much in line with the old saying of “too many cooks spoiling the broth”. You can do more with a small group of skilled engineers than a large group of moderately talented ones.

Hire good staff and treat them them well, and they will produce award winning applications.

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