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Measuring Individual Productivity

Mark Mzyk | April 10, 2008

I wish I had more to add to Steve McConnell’s post Measuring Productivity of Individual Programmers, but I don’t.

The short summary: don’t measure productivity of individual programmers.  Just don’t.  It’s a bad idea that returns you nothing.

He says a follow up post on measuring the productivity of teams is coming (which is something he does recommend).  I’m looking forward to what he has to say on that.

Filed in: General,Management.


  1. Comment by Luke Hoersten:

    The funny thing is that monitoring programmer productivity is one of Joel Spolskey’s FogBugz app biggest claim to fame.

    April 10, 2008 @ 23:53
  2. Comment by Mark:

    I’d never thought of FogBugz that way. I’ve never used it either though.

    Raganwald actually addresses some of the same issues in his latest post:


    I recommend it.

    April 12, 2008 @ 11:01
  3. Comment by Luke Hoersten:

    I’ve had a few friends who have used fogbugz for projects and said it was pretty good. Watching the intro video about fogbugz, they really push how it estimates programmer productivity and I was actually really impressed with the algorithm. The only thing is I feel like it’s not worth the effort to even have a feature like that. Arguably the most complex and expensive feature of FogBugz, why would I want to pay for that?

    April 12, 2008 @ 12:56