From: Robert Lipe <robertlipe@us...> - 2007-01-08 17:15:47
I'll start off by saying that I firmly these formulas that look at a
pile of source and produce a number that is the "cost" of that code are
nonsense. That said, I stumbled upon a new project that seems to include
statistics derived from our CVS tree. It concludes GPSBabel cost 34
person years and $1.8M cost to develop with their default values.
This one is a little skewed on the per-person numbers simply because
we have a low number of actual committers - not everything that shows
up in CVS as "mine" really is. I also can't reconcile their project
cost "LOC" entries (and thus their effort) against the summation of the
developers. Of course, I'm not supposed to understand these things - I'm
not a middle manager with a business degree, I'm just a programmer.
I'm not drinking their kool-aid, but things like grabbing the timeline
and scrolling it left to right are kind of fun. I don't know that it's
_useful_, but it's fun...