Linked by snydeq on Thu 17th Nov 2011 22:47 UTC
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[3]: obsession with data
by Yamin on Fri 18th Nov 2011 21:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: obsession with data"
Yamin
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I'd just add for emphasis, developers should not just be 'analyzed' by other developers, but by all people in the organization. Testers, product managers, customer support, sales, other groups...

Working in a large organization is complex and hard work or talented work is not all that matters.

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