Re: Doc$ v. Dev$

Subject: Re: Doc$ v. Dev$
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: Edwin Skau <eddy -dot- skau -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2006 14:27:08 -0500

Edwin Skau wrote:

Just for my education:

In a software development project, are there ratios between:
1. programmers and testers?
2. front-end and back-end programmers?
3. sales/marketing to programmers?
4. Human resource staff to programmers?

I wonder.



Just for your education <g>, there actually are certain ratios that come up in corporate circles, especially in companies that are publicly owned or thinking about becoming publicly owned. On an industry-by-industry basis, financial analyst types have rules of thumb about headcount in various departments. I doubt very much that they dig down to the detail level of writers:programmers or testers:programmers. But they definitely look at the ratios of admin (including HR) and sales and marketing to research and development.

If you've spent any time in large companies, you've probably encountered the project manager's dilemma of having headcount dictated by corporate management on a quarter-by-quarter basis with zero regard for the actual number of people needed to complete the project on time. Those top-down demands are based on the rule-of-thumb ratios coming from Wall Street, not on any internal logic.



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