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Getting Results from Software Development Teams by Lawrence J. Peters and Lawrence Peters

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Traditional Performance Evaluation Methods vs. SEM

Traditional evaluation methods have their roots in the field of manufacturing—the concept being that to get greater productivity out of people, we need to set goals for them. As they find ways to achieve those goals, the goals are increased, and so forth. This definitely benefits the company, because they get greater productivity from the factory workers without really paying them that much. Granted, some companies have productivity incentives, but productivity in software engineering is a tough thing to measure.

In Chapter 1, we looked at the alarmingly low number of lines of code that software developers were producing when productivity data was first collected. A rate of a few lines per day ...

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