Measuring Application Development Productivity - overview
Software Engineering Accomplishment | 1979
IBM researcher: Allan J. Albrecht
Where the work was done: TBD
What we accomplished: Albrecht described productivity measures, based in large measure by looking at IBM's DP Services organization.
From the paper (see Related Link): "IBM's DP Services organization had, "450 people engaged in application development . . . Both customers and Services people are located throughout the United States. At any given time there are about 150 - 170 contracts under way. Projects cover all industries. They address the spectrum of data processing functional requirements: order entry and control, insurance claim processing, hospital patient information systems, data communication control systems, etc. The average contract size is 2 or 3 people. A number of projects each year require 15 to 20 people, and several require 35 or 40 Services people and customer people, working under our project manager, to develop the application."
Related links: Measuring Application Development Productivity
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