Brook’s law at work

Here is a snapshot of how different FLOSS projects compare in terms of source lines of code (log scale) graphed to modularity from March 2008 and for a total of 200+ observations (as described in previous post).

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Given that I have sampled the projects from the top 1000 listed on ohloh.net, which are mostly actively developed FLOSS projects, one could see that a good organization of source code dependencies is needed to be maintained for development to continue as suggested by Brook’s Law. This might explain why we have an almost empty bottom right quadrant, which represents projects with a large code base and poor organization of dependencies.

The significance of this graph lies in that it adds to the validity of the graph modularity measure we used in comparing different python based projects. This is hopefully but one step in many for us to better understand FLOSS project management.

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