Originally Posted by Luckless
(On a related note is the issue of the mythical man month. The commonly accepted myth that adding more people to a project that is falling behind helps. Most common in software, you throw new people at a project, and they don't know what is going on, they have to be trained, they're not in sync with the rest of the team, etc. In the end, you waste tons of money and you don't get any closer to your deadline.)
Being able to divide tasks up into parallel jobs, and timing their completions is a really cool and complex tasks.
QFT .. common management misconception more people= more work done