The Mythical Beer Month

A new paper I co-authored with a few of my colleagues is scheduled to appear at SIGLP* 2011:

Abstract: The Mythical Beer Month is a software project management method that builds on the close relationship between software engineers and their beer. The method exploits properties of Booze Law to maximize the effectiveness of software developers by carefully rationing them beer.  Software developers are placed into a matrix organization according to their individual Ballmer Peak and rewarded with beer during and immediately following accomplishment of a milestone.  In this paper we present the Mythical Beer Month method, a summary of projects that have implemented the method, and finally some criticisms of the method.

(ACM Special Interest Group on Lazy Programming)

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