CS 2401 - AY2021-T1 3 September - 9 September Discussion Forum Unit 1 (16).docx

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A passenger aircraft is composed of several millions of parts and requires thousands of persons to assemble. A four-lane highway bridge is another example of complexity. The first version of Word for Windows, a word processor released by Microsoft in 1989, required 55 person-years, resulted into 249,000 lines of source code, and was delivered 4 years late. Aircraft and highway bridges are usually delivered on time and within budget, whereas software is often not. Discuss what are, in your opinion, the differences between developing an aircraft, a bridge, and a word processor that would cause this situation. 97 words Answers: When comparing building aircrafts or bridges with software systems, there are differences that exist even though they’re all complex systems. Though it might seem that most bridges/aircrafts are usually completed within the estimated time and budget and the same can’t be said for most software projects, I’ll first want to point out that there are also bridges and aircrafts that go past the estimated budget and time of delivery. Some of the key differences that come into play when

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