Measuring Software Development Productivity

Management guru Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying that “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.” While its possible and quite useful to measure productivity in a manufacturing or services world, is it feasible to do so in the world of software development? Obviously one can count the number or widgets cranked out in a hour, or cups of coffee served or patients attended to in a day – but software? Isn’t that like magic?

Management or Leadership?

A simple search for “leadership” on Amazon, returns 125,215 books; while “management” has 946,376 results. So is management more important than leadership? Case closed… Management is more researched and written/published seven fold more. That’s significant!…