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10 years and still Cannot Measure Productivity

by Martin Fowler, 29 August 2013 | The Agile Blogosphere

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One of the great frustrations of the software industry is that we don’t have properly built studies to figure out whether development tools and techniques such as object-oriented programming, test-driven development, or even high-level languages are good for us. Regularly we see improperly built studies that do so - often these are done poorly because they rely on a bogus measure of productivity (such as Lines of Code per staff day). 10 years ago today, my frustration led me to publish my bliki post CannotMeasureProductivity. I think this post is sadly just as sound today as it was a decade ago.

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