Stephen J. Gould on Baseball : May Relate to Programmer Productivity

Andrew Dalke reminded me of an essay by Stephen J. Gould (discussed at: http://www.michaelshermer.com/1996/10/bicycles-baseball-bacteria-and-bach/ and http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/1997/01/outspoken.html) about the decreasing deviation in performance as a field matures. Relating it to the old studies on programming productivity, Dalke wonders: If that applies to programming, and I expect that’s a strong confounding effect, then those 1980-era studies have […]