Software Development Best Practices Blog

Sick Sigma

I have a love/hate relationship with software metrics. While I acknowledge that well designed, well collected, and well utilized measures on software projects can be of huge benefit to the project team, most of us suffer under the burden of measures that are non-designed, ad hoc collected, and not utilized by the team. Let's take a quick look at those three areas of software measurement: design, collection, utilization. DesignThe starting point for any useful...

  1. Posted on June 26, 2008 9:25:AM by Earl Beede to Practicing Earl
  2. Technique, sigma, measurement, metrics, Management

Industry Benchmarks About Hours Worked Per Week

One of my readers asked the following very reasonable question:  We are looking for industry benchmarks detailing the amount of time developers spend on a percentage basis in the following three categories: 1) Core job activities (writing, testing, deploying code, etc.)2) Meetings3) Administrative activities (training, reporting, etc.) The questions are reasonable. Unfortunately, one of the lessons I've learned after looking at lots of data on questions...

  1. Posted on September 10, 2007 8:44:AM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Methods & Processes, metrics, Management