The Wikipedia page on Brook's Law includes the following sentence:
The Bermuda plan, where most developers on a project are removed ("sent to Bermuda") and the remaining are left to complete the software, has been suggested as a way of circumventing Brooks’s law.
(The law itself, stated briefly: "adding people to a late software project makes it later".)
The sentence is followed by a citation consisting of a link to the 7 May 1984 issue of InfoWorld, which makes it clear the suggestion is presented in a tongue-in-cheek manner.
However, I'm curious if anyone ever tried it anyway, and if so what the results were. I know it's often hard to get good numbers in project management, but if examples where a quantifiable before and after measurement was taken exist, they would be preferred.
I don't expect any organization ever literally sent programmers to Bermuda. I expect that a more likely scenario would be that some programmers were moved to a different project, (or perhaps layoffs occurred, perhaps even those spurred on by recent events), leaving a smaller number of programmers on a project.
So, does anyone know something about one or more times when a software team became smaller for whatever reason, and we can reasonably compare the quality and/or volume of output before and afterwards?