Precise prediction is very difficult. Long ago, when FORTRAN and COBOL were still the new kids on the block, Ware wrote a science-fiction short story called “The Last Programmer.” That estimable gentleman had become the “last programmer” at his research institution and was being retired early with a gold watch. The retirement time was set for 1984, a then-future date popularized by George Orwell’s 1949 novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. The assumption was that by 1984 the scientists and engineers would be working directly with the computers.&
This article discusses process productivity and its continued relevance as far more than a passing fad.
The management metrics and the process productivity index computed from them can be applied, not only to organizations developing new application systems, but also to units specializing in the development of reusable components.
“While reuse has long been more of a hope than a promise, the greatest opportunity for dramatic productivity and quality improvement will be through improved ways to build new software on the progressively richer foundation of previously produced products.” Watts S. Humphrey 1
Yes! Do you want to be on the trailing edge of this paradigm shift while your competitors are using objects to consistently maneuver inside your development cycle.
John A. Strand III
“The current model leads us to the conclusion that the limiting factor is the rate at which ideas or insights can be generated, and that the rate is not widely affected, if at all, by the number of men on the job, but rather by some capability level of the group.” Peter V. Norden 1
What is the minimum of control that will maintain the process? Peter F. Drucker 1