How do you measure programmer productivity?

26 Aug 2011. comments

How do you measure programmer productivity? We’re not sure, but we have a very good idea of how not to:

When the Lisa team was pushing to finalize their software in 1982, project managers started requiring programmers to submit weekly forms reporting on the number of lines of code they had written. Bill Atkinson thought that was silly. For the week in which he had rewritten QuickDraw’s region calculation routines to be six times faster and 2000 lines shorter, he put “-2000” on the form. After a few more weeks the managers stopped asking him to fill out the form, and he gladly complied.

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