EETimes – The legend of the superprogrammer

Caper Jones, in an unpublished 1977 study for IBM, found that the very best developers are much more productive than the worst programmer — when working on small projects. The best developer will complete a 1k line of code (LOC) effort 6 times faster than the lousiest. The productivity delta falls to 2x on a 64k LOC project. Beyond a few hundred thousand LOC both sorts of people perform equally well. Or equally poorly.

via EETimes – The legend of the superprogrammer. I think our tendency is to stick awesome programmers on a large task and hope they can lift it up by themselves instead this argues for sticking them on small projects, on the large project they may be more valuable on a very small subset but on the whole just as important or un-important as a normal programmer.

Justin Yost is a full-time Software Engineer and a part time educator. A graduate of Texas Tech University with a bachelor's degree in computer science, Justin relishes programming and learning more about anything and everything. When not working, Justin occasionally gives talks at the local PHP Meetup. In his free time, Justin enjoys backpacking and reading science fiction books.

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