Additionally, Brooks muses that “good” programmers are generally five to ten times as productive as mediocre ones
I read The Mythical Man Month several years ago, and having observed the Catalyst Open Source Academy I am prompted to think about what the differences between good students and mediocre ones. A book “The Mythical School Month” sounds promising.
The amount of potential learning taking place over two weeks in the Academy, is probably at least five times more than takes place in the classroom. Having highly motivated students attending by choice to learn makes a huge difference. A greater range of material can be presented, in more depth and with greater freedom to follow paths of learning that are not bound by assessments and corresponding time constraints.