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General Development Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister discusses why code analysis and similar metrics provide little insight into what really makes an effective software development team, in the wake of a new scorecard system employed at IBM. "Code metrics are fine if all you care about is raw code production. But what happens to all that code once it's written? Do you just ship it and move on? Hardly - in fact, many developers spend far more of their time maintaining code than adding to it. Do your metrics take into account time spent refactoring or documenting existing code? Is it even possible to devise metrics for these activities?" McAllister writes, "Are developers who take time to train and mentor other teams about the latest code changes considered less productive than ones who stay heads-down at their desks and never reach out to their peers? How about teams that take time at the beginning of a project to coordinate with other teams for code reuse, versus those who charge ahead blindly? Can any automated tool measure these kinds of best practices?"
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RE: obsession with data
by looncraz on Fri 18th Nov 2011 03:15 UTC in reply to "obsession with data"
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Ultimately, any complex task is going to be impossible to measure via any cheap means or expert opinion. Ultimately, you'll have better luck with peer review, professional programs...


I worked at a Fortune 500 company for a while and they forced you to use THEIR internal troubleshooting system regardless of whether or not you already knew how to solve the issue. You were FIRED if you didn't use the system.

I had 100% success rate, 15% troubleshooting guide use rate (they called it something else...), and came highly recommended from my peers and managers while also having received praise from most all clients.

None of that mattered, though... I was still penalized rather heavily on the 'scoreboard' and fell below the 'target performance' metric. I worked there a total of three weeks - I have the luxury of no mouths to feed but my own, I have no intentions of placating idiots with big fancy pieces of paper from big fancy buildings when I know more than they'll ever know...

[ Yes, I was fired ;-) - first time for everything! ]

--The loon

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