Computer Dictionary/Mongolian Hordes technique

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(Or "Chinese Army technique") Assigning

a large number of inexperienced programmers to a job which would better performed by a few skilled ones. The term was first used by Dr. Fred Brooks in his book "[[Computer Dictionary/The Mythical Man-Month|The Mythical Man-Month]]", Chapter 3.

According to Dr. Brooks, he had in mind the vision of the Mongol Hordes sweeping across Asia and Europe when he created the term.

(Jargon File)


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