The Elusive Productivity Metric

Sun Microsystems’ Eugene Loh writes in to HPC Wire to describe some of the limitations of defining and measuring productivity:
DARPA’s HPCS program sought a 10x improvement in productivity. It would seem that there could be no definition of productivity, based on a utility-to-cost ratio, that could remain meaningful over an order-of-magnitude increase. How could one then define a 10-fold improvement in productivity? I think of Justice Potter Stewart’s famous words in the case of Jacobellis v Ohio. He wrote that he would not try to define hard-core pornography, but, he concluded, “I know it when I see it.” Full Story


About Rich
FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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