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Ron Collett
10/29/2010 07:36 PM EDT

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4/26/2011 12:41:44 AM
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Yeah, I know, meaningless when applied to silicon design. But the managers don't know that.

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4/26/2011 12:38:25 AM
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Tell your managers to tally "capacitors per hour". Use 0.001uf instead of 0.01 and 0.1...

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4/25/2011 11:42:10 PM
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Prabhaker, You are correct. Our customers use an empirical model we developed. It calcuates the amount of effort the average team in the industry would spend on that project. It's quite accurate -- coefficient of determination (R-squared) is over 0.9 (i.e. Predicted Effort vs. Actual Effort). For more information, you can go to the blog entitled "How Complex is Your Design," which ran on 11/5/10, or alternatively, you can find a lot more information on our website (www.numetrics.com). Rgds, Ron

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3/7/2011 12:53:22 PM
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Instead of a ratio it can be defined more as a percentile . The formula will be :Productivity= (Current project data/ What is the last best data you have for similar project ) X 100 Data can be internal or from the industry sources and you generally factor for any differences due to complexity , geography etc . This has been practically used by some companies .In one company certain groups are star performers and others are expected to reach upto start groups productivity level .In that case the productivity of star performer team is 100 percentile. This approach is quite practical.

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3/7/2011 10:39:02 AM
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Like someone has commented, to be able to measure productivity of a person or a team we must be able to measure or estimate correctly the amount of work done. We must also be able to measure the complexity of the work done and then add appropriate weight-age to the amount based upon the complexity. The same number of lines of code written for an offline application is less complex than those written for a time critial real time application with a tight memory budget. If such metrics are evolved then only we can truly measure the productivity for a given development project team.

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11/2/2010 3:25:05 PM
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Kris, If your R&D organization uses half the effort that another organization would expend to design an equivalent product, then your organization's productivity is twice as high. If as you say, nobody wants to purchase the product, that's the fault of marketing and perhaps other parts of the enterprise, and it is wholly unrelated to the development productivity of the R&D organization (unless the R&D organization had exceptionally heavy influence on the product definition or other marketing-related tasks). Rgds, Ron

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11/1/2010 4:36:10 PM
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Rob,I think we agree that the final value of IC (or any other product) is determined by a customer (market). We also agree that this is has to do with Sales & Marketing effort to the same extent as R&D. Trying to separate R&D from that total is tough, if not impossible. What if my team designs very complicated, sophisticated product in half the time, a product that nobody wants! Is that R&D productivity? Kris

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11/1/2010 6:57:00 AM
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Yalanand, For a particular service engagement: (Total dollars billed for the Service - Total fully-burdened cost of delivery of that Service)/(Total person-hours expended on that engagement) The numerator is the your firm's value-add. The denominator of course is the effort expended to deliver that value-add to the client. Thanks for the comment. Ron

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10/31/2010 7:58:53 PM
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@yalanand:If your are based on a hourly service rate, your billable hours (within the established budget) would be a start.

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10/31/2010 6:11:20 PM
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True RCollett, I agree with you that financial measures are very deceptive while measuring productivity. I have specifict question for you.Since I belong to service based company I want to know how do you measure the productivity for service based companies ?

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