How to Measure Software Development Productivity


The article lists down pages/papers on measuring software development productivity.

  • The Theory of Constraints: A good read on measuring software development productivity
  • Measuring Productivity of Software Development Teams: The paper lists down different techniques/models for measuring software development productivity.
  • CannotMeasureProductivity: Then, there is this article by Martin Fowler which says that it is difficult to measure software development productivity. He points about ineffectiveness of following approaches of measuring developer’s productivity:
    • Lines of codes (LOC)
    • Function points

The software development teams working based on Waterfall model or Agile methodologies model tend to measure the developer’s productivity in terms of following variants:

  • Function Points
  • Story Points (size) vs Velocity

Following pages present different perspectives on measuring software development productivity as a function of one of the above variants:

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