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How to Measure Productivity in Software Development

Clóvis Wichoski
May 11, 2020
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Working with software development is a complex task, even for those who already have experience in the area. It takes infinite programs and codes to be implemented for sites and other applications to execute the expected functions, which consumes hours in front of a computer. For the routine not to become tiring and less productive, it is necessary to come up with strategies for the optimization of processes.

When the professional is able to organize his stuff and finds the proper tools for his day by day, he might absorb new demands and have more time for personal activities, which can have some impact in his lifestyle.

How to measure the efficiency of production and have a smoother and better structured routine then? This is what you will find out in this post!

Productivity in software development: how to measure

When it comes to software development, composed of many processes, setting a measurement system for productivity can be quite complicated. The reason being that, in some cases, those will be but numbers which don’t represent what really matters, which is, the system operating.

In this case, it is more assertive to keep track of the quality of the developed solutions and compare it with past data, which demonstrates whether there was optimization or fall in performance. These pieces of information contain parameters for teams and professionals to question themselves about possible weak links and what actions should be done for them to be more productive.

Thus, measuring production has a lot to do with a group of measurement concepts teamed with self or team evaluation, in such a way that the process becomes as fair and efficient as possible.

For example, by evaluating performance through deadlines set in a given period, the quality of delivery wouldn’t be factored in, tainting the work of those who dedicated themselves to the design and implementation of functionalities.

Tips to increase productivity

As we mentioned, the measurement of productivity in software development is a process which requires multiple reflections that, in turn, add to the measurement systems. In order to know if the daily production is satisfactory and, this way, work to steadily optimize it, it is possible to follow some steps. Check them out:

Analyze the restrictions

The first attitude to be taken by whoever wants to become more productive is to analyze what factors can be hindering the attaining of the objective. For instance, some programmers waste too much time in the elaboration of their own code instead of making use of an already existing one or recycling it from another project. Or yet, they apply unnecessary efforts in testing due to not using the proper tools.

In this case, it is important for each one to identify the weak points of the production and, being aware of what they are, work around them and be more efficient.

Check the partnerships and if those are used to full potential

You must have heard the saying that goes “two heads think better than one”. Indeed, it applies very well in regard to software development. This means the professional must be capable of interacting with other people and, as a group, be able to find the best solutions to each project.

Often a challenge that could take hours to be overcome is solved swiftly through the dialogue between those who know the area and its peculiarities.

Observe whether it is productivity or just occupation

Many professionals believe that, due to always having a long working day, they are productive. However, this is a misconception. Productivity means using the minimum amount of resources to reach maximum results. In this sense, it is important to analyze the routine to discover what hindrances bring occupation rather than high performance.

Evaluate the tools used every day

Software development has been continuously benefited with technological tools that allow its professional to be more productive, whereas they utilize all their creativity to deliver solutions of high quality.

An example is the resources that make use of artificial intelligence and, through mental maps, transform ideas and architectures into font-codes, accelerating the development. This way, the programmer can focus on the creativity and no longer occupies with repetitive chores, becoming responsible for the excellence of the algorithms.

Click here and learn more about Mind Maps.

The measuring and evaluation of any process is fundamental in order for continuous improvement to occur. Although it is not possible to apply the same measurement system to every type of programming, there are ways of evaluating the productivity, as mentioned in the article.

Do you make use of some techniques to measure your efficiency in the daily work? What are the biggest challenges to be overcome in order to be more productive? Comment here for us to share experiences.

 

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Clóvis Wichoski

Clóvis Wichoski

CEO Mapperidea
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