Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Measuring Productivity: No Silver Bullet

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lutz Prechelt
      Pages 3-11 Open Access
    3. Ciera Jaspan, Caitlin Sadowski
      Pages 13-20 Open Access
    4. Andrew J. Ko
      Pages 21-26 Open Access
  3. Introduction to Productivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Stefan Wagner, Florian Deissenboeck
      Pages 29-38 Open Access
    3. Caitlin Sadowski, Margaret-Anne Storey, Robert Feldt
      Pages 39-47 Open Access
    4. Emerson Murphy-Hill, Stefan Wagner
      Pages 57-65 Open Access
  4. The Context of Productivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Stefan Wagner, Emerson Murphy-Hill
      Pages 69-84 Open Access
    3. Duncan P. Brumby, Christian P. Janssen, Gloria Mark
      Pages 85-107 Open Access
    4. Daniel Graziotin, Fabian Fagerholm
      Pages 109-124 Open Access
    5. Pernille Bjørn
      Pages 125-134 Open Access
  5. Measuring Productivity in Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. André N. Meyer, Gail C. Murphy, Thomas Fritz, Thomas Zimmermann
      Pages 137-146 Open Access
    3. Brad A. Myers, Andrew J. Ko, Thomas D. LaToza, YoungSeok Yoon
      Pages 147-157 Open Access
    4. Marieke van Vugt
      Pages 159-167 Open Access
    5. Christoph Treude, Fernando Figueira Filho
      Pages 169-178 Open Access
    6. Margaret-Anne Storey, Christoph Treude
      Pages 179-190 Open Access
    7. Frank Vogelezang, Harold van Heeringen
      Pages 205-217 Open Access
  6. Best Practices for Productivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Todd Sedano, Paul Ralph, Cécile Péraire
      Pages 221-240 Open Access
    3. Bill Curtis
      Pages 241-250 Open Access
    4. Franz Zieris, Lutz Prechelt
      Pages 251-259 Open Access
    5. André N. Meyer, Thomas Fritz, Thomas Zimmermann
      Pages 261-270 Open Access
    6. Manuela Züger, André N. Meyer, Thomas Fritz, David Shepherd
      Pages 271-279 Open Access
    7. Gail C. Murphy, Mik Kersten, Robert Elves, Nicole Bryan
      Pages 281-292 Open Access
    8. Marieke van Vugt
      Pages 293-302 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 303-310

About this book


Get the most out of this Open Access foundational reference and improve the productivity of your software teams. This open access book collects the wisdom of the 2017 "Dagstuhl" seminar on productivity in software engineering, a meeting of community leaders, who came together with the goal of rethinking traditional definitions and measures of productivity.

The results of their work, Rethinking Productivity in Software Engineering, includes chapters covering definitions and core concepts related to productivity, guidelines for measuring productivity in specific contexts, best practices and pitfalls, and theories and open questions on productivity. You'll benefit from the many short chapters, each offering a focused discussion on one aspect of productivity in software engineering.

Readers in many fields and industries will benefit from their collected work. Developers wanting to improve their personal productivity, will learn effective strategies for overcoming common issues that interfere with progress. Organizations thinking about building internal programs for measuring productivity of programmers and teams will learn best practices from industry and researchers in measuring productivity. And researchers can leverage the conceptual frameworks and rich body of literature in the book to effectively pursue new research directions.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Caitlin Sadowski
    • 1
  • Thomas Zimmermann
    • 2
  1. 1.Mountain ViewUSA
  2. 2.BellevueUSA

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