alan shore wrote:

>>>Plus, ask them why do they want to measure a 
>>>programmers productivity anyway.
>>
>>Wouldn't that be so they can see if they're getting their money's worth?  
>
>Reply - based on what? What are they using for a 
>measuring stick? Is this the old Catch-22.?

Hi Alan!  Sorry I wasn't clear (talk about productivity...)  It seems to me
a very legitimate question: "Say, we pay you $1 000 000 a year (wishful
thinking!) and we'd like to know if you are more productive than the fellow
next to you whom we pay half that."

Imagine two programmers, paid the same amount.  One responds to emails all
day and one grinds away at end user requests.  Isn't one more productive?
Shouldn't we be able to measure that somehow?  Fixing a hard number is
difficult to do; perhaps close management is the best answer.  If I fail to
do my assigned projects in the expected time, my manager should give me a
black mark.  In that case, the number of black marks is my measure of
productivity, I guess.

Here, there are a few people vehemently resistant to the very idea of
metrics of any kind.  These tend to dislike RPG IV and prefer S/36 RPG.
Have you seen the same?

Buck Calabro
Aptis; Albany, NY
"Nothing is so firmly believed as
 that which we least know" -- Michel Montaigne
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