This may or may not be true, but it's a good story regardless.

When Micro$oft and IBM were collaborating on OS/2, supposedly the IBM people
got very annoyed with the Micro$oft programmers for trying to make the
programs shorter because fewer lines of code meant lower productivity.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: PaulMmn [mailto:PaulMmn@ix.netcom.com]
> Sent: Saturday, November 06, 1999 12:53 PM
> To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Subject: Re: Job Accounting
> 
> 
> John,
> 
> Define "work."
> 
>       Time signed on
> 
>       Time actually keying something
> 
>       Time reading something in a manual
> 
>       Time spent staring at the wall planning what to do
> 
>       Time spent writing code on a white board, with changes,
> corrections, and pseudo code
> 
>       Time reading the screen trying to figure out what the previous
> programmers did
> 
>       Time spent waiting for a compile to complete
> 
>       Time spent keying test data
> 
>       Time spent waiting for test run to complete
> 
>       Time....
> 
> Well, you get the picture.  It's very difficult to analyze 
> exactly what a
> programmer does and what counts as 'productive' time.
> 
> --Paul E Musselman
> PaulMmn@ix.netcom.com
> 
> 
> 
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