In Fred Brooks’ book, The Mythical Man-Month, Mr. Brooks provides several essays that share his experience in the software industry going back to 1959. One of the common themes found through several essays is that the size of the project is directly related to the risk of failure.
If the size of the project puts the project at a greater risk to fail, then a smaller project mitigates the size and scope risk. There are many factors that could contribute to a failed project, but it is interesting to ponder whether we will see project success statistics change at a macro level when the normal size of an interactive application decreases because of the industry’s move to tablet form factors over the next five years.
What do you think?