• Subject: Re: programmer productivity.
  • From: DonW400@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 10:54:39 EST

   To me, measuring programmer productivity by Lines of Code is like 
measuring a musician's skill by counting the number of notes in a song.  The 
true measure of PP is how well a business need is handled.  (And I will not 
bore you with my own thoughts on maintainability and elegance of solution.  I 
once replaced a fairly large, convoluted set of programs in a shop that 
hitherto had not heard of SNDNETF.)
   How to make an operational definition of "business need payoff"?  *IF* a 
company could do that, I bet that they would also do a better job than most 
of prioritizing their projects.  (I am sure we have all seen some pretty good 
people working on some pretty ill fated projects.)
   Of course, to quote Dennis Miller, that's just my opinion; I could be 
wrong.

Don Whittaker


In a message dated Thu, 9 Nov 2000  3:08:12 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
"midrange" <midrange.mail@sfmco.com> writes:

<< I have been ask by accountants to provide them with a way to measure our
programmers productivity.

<snip>
thank you jeff grace
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