MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com writes:
>The responses of go back to the bean-counters and ask what they use to
>measure their productivity has to be the best answer. 
>I am curious as to what reply was received. 

I'd also like to hear the answer!

>Plus, ask them why do they want to measure a programmers productivity
>anyway.

I can tell you why as a worker I'd like to measure my own, and as a
manager I'd like to measure others. One word: compensation. I believe if 
programmer A is more productive (whatever that means) than programmer B,
then programmer A is worth more to the organization and should be
compensated accordingly.

OTOH, I agree completely that defining and measuring productivity is
difficult and subjective, and I also have yet to hear a good answer. So
although I'd like to be able to measure productivity, I don't lose a lot
of sleep overy my inability to do so. The alternative, though, is to stay
squarely in the world of the subjective and anecdotal -- if my boss likes
me, I do well and get raises and promotions; if (s)he doesn't, I don't.
Luckily, I seem to be a pretty likeable guy (most of the time), but I'm
very clear on the fact that this is luck -- not talent.


Mike Naughton
Senior Programmer/Analyst
Judd Wire, Inc.
124 Turnpike Road
Turners Falls, MA  01376
413-863-4357 x444
mnaughton@juddwire.com


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