Within a short period of time, the size of the team more than doubled, from 18 to about 35.

What is this, the New Math? That is less that doubled. Two times 18 equals 36.

Your point about adding manpower is certainly valid, but it seems to me that the project was already doomed long before that point. In addition to not having read Brooks, George Broussard also seems to be ignorant of Voltaire’s maxim: “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” See also Last Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison (projected publication date: never).