• Subject: RE: programmer productivity.
  • From: "Stone, Brad V (TC)" <bvstone@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 10:45:53 -0600

> Wouldn't that be so they can see if they're getting their 
> money's worth?  

I've stayed out of this thread until now.  But this kind of statement sort
of irks me.  Yes, we all want to know that we are getting our money's worth.
Nothing wrong with that.  But, when a company can't look at what has been
created to decide that and must know how many lines of code (or whatever) or
out, it just shows ignorance, which I find to be bliss.

Because some folks don't understand what we do (and only use buzzwords
because they think it makes them sound intelligent) they want us to try and
come up with some way of measuring how much we work.

Look at the end product.  Is it good?  Great.  Does it suck?  Time to do
some reasearch/reorganization.

When I go to bring my motorcycle to my mechanic for work, sure I'm intrigued
because it amazes me how he adjusts the valves or tunes my carburators to
perfection, squeezing out 2 more hp.  But, do I question him on his work
habits or how many carbs a day he does?  No.  I know what he charges, and I
also know, in my opinion, he does a great job.  That's all that matters to
me.  I even reward him with a dozen donuts once in a while.  (God forbid, a
bonus?)

Not much different here.  Trying to measure intangibles is silly.
Evaluating the end product is what matters.  But of course, until we start
rewarding extra effort and hard work not many will have or keep the gumption
that made them stars to their peers.  That's another story altogether.

Brad (Putting it in his pipe and smoking it) Stone
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