How many software engineers does it take to change a light bulb?

  1. None. "We'll document it in the manual."
  2. None. It's a hardware problem.
  3. 1.000000001.
  4. Two. One always leaves in the middle of the project.
  5. Four. One to design the change, one to implement it, one to document it, and one to maintain it afterwards.
  6. Four, plus one senior analyst to manage the project, one technical writer to correct the spelling and grammar of the one who documented it, one light bulb librarian, a sales-force of at least five to drum up enough users who want to turn the light on, 274 users to burn out the new bulb, at which point we go to tender for another light bulb change,...
  7. Five. Two to write the specification program, one to screw it in, and two to explain why the project was late.
  8. Only one, but she's not available till the year 2000.
  9. "The change is 90% complete."
  10. "It's hard to say. Each time we separate the bulb into its modules to do unit testing, it stops working."
  11. Of course, as everyone knows, just five years ago all it took was a bunch of kids in a garage in Palo Alto to change a light bulb.

Sent by: Joke Labs posted on 10 January 2007