WordPress 5.0 – “Take no small slips”

Like many others, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of WordPress 5.0 and its new Gutenberg editor. The project, however, appears to have run into problems. The release date has been moved twice – it currently sits as “TBD”.

WordPress 5.0 Release Schedule
WordPress 5.0 Release Schedule

I’m hoping that the people running the project have read “The Mythical Man Month“. To get the release back on track, Brooks recommends:

  • “Take no small slips … allow enough time in the new schedule to ensure that the work can be carefully and thoroughly done, and that rescheduling will not have to be done again.”
  • “Trim the task … In practice this tends to happen anyway … only alternatives are to trim it formally and carefully, to reschedule, or to watch the task get silently trimmed by hasty design and incomplete testing.” (No-one in their right mind would want the last type of trimming to take place).
  • To not add more people into an already late project. “Brooks’ Law: Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.”

I’m looking forward to seeing WordPress 5.0 in the wild, but I’m happy to wait. In the words written on the menu of the Antoine restaurant in New Orleans:

Good cooking takes time. If you are made to wait, it is to serve you better, and to please you.


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