上周我写的时候“光圈污垢”, regarding Think Secret’s scoop regarding the dispersal of the Aperture development team and the future of Aperture, I emphasized that the sources for my own information were second-hand.
Since then, I’ve heard from additional sources at Apple, including a first-hand source: one of the developers from the original Aperture engineering teamFor obvious reasons, these sources have all requested anonymity.
No one from the original Aperture engineering team was fired or removed from the teamYes, most members of the original engineering team left the project — but they did soon their own volitionWhy? Because of what can only be described as spectacularly bad management.
这些工程师中的每一位都很容易找到其他工作One left the company, the rest found positions elsewhere at Apple.
The single biggest management problem was a “Mythical Man-Month” disaster“神话人月” is, of course, the title of Fred Brooks’s seminal work on software engineering management, the basic premise of which is that,as Wikipedia says, “Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.”
It is astounding that there are software engineering managers who are either unaware of the Mythical Man-Month theory, or who are but believe it doesn’t apply to their projectBut in the case of Aperture, the product team grew from about 20 to 150 in just a few weeks, comprising about 100 engineers, 40 QA people, and the rest manager typesAnd not surprisingly, this is precisely when things went from bad to worse with regard to the quality of the product.
The 130 additional members were never meant to be permanent members of the Aperture team — they were borrowed talent from other “Pro app” product teams and were added during the homestretch of the Aperture 1.0 development cycle in an ill-considered effort to ship faster.
Aperture目前的工程团队已经组装完毕之前the original team leftAperture was never without an engineering team, and the product’s future was never in jeopardy.
现在，在你建议之前当然a member of the engineering team is going to blame the management, allow me to add this: I’ve heard from two additional sources that the only person from the Aperture team who was fired from the company was the engineering managerThe project manager also left the company, after being “fired” from the Aperture product teamNot a single engineer was fired.
This additional information mostly clarifies what I wrote last week. More importantly, however, it largely contradicts much ofThink Secret’s original report, which is heavily slanted against Aperture’s engineering team例如Think Secret’s lead sentence alone:
Apple recently asked the engineering team behind its Aperture photo editing and management software to leave, Think Secret has learned.
I’ll leave any conclusions regarding the identity of Think Secret’s sources to your imagination.