I am currently working as software developer in a medical device project. The project is – as usual for projects of large scale – late in time and over budget. So the decision was taken to add more developers, reminding me of Brook’s Law:
Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.
_Frederick P. Brooks, The Mythical Man Month, Addison-Wesley, 1995_
The other decision was to use agile software development methods. And after three months of adaptation time, the first results can be observed. I can only speak for my team, but our productivity has drastically improved. In the recent iteration we had committed ourselves to 24 story points, but managed 59. We even had to add more stories to use the team to full capacity.
I am an advocate of agile development methods, as you may already have guessed. And the recent achievement of our team confirms me in that conviction.