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Volume 17, Number 1, Page 39 (1978)
Nontopical Issue
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Measuring programming quality and productivity

by T. C. Jones
Discussed is the unit-of-measure situation in programming. An analysis of common units of measure for assessing program quality and programmer productivity reveals that some standard measures are intrinsically paradoxical. Lines of code per programmer-month and cost per defect are in this category. Presented here are attempts to go beyond such paradoxical units as these. Also discussed is the usefulness of separating quality measurements into measures of defect removal efficiency and defect prevention, and the usefulness of separating productivity measurements into work units and cost units.
Related Subjects: Programming