I was frustrated with the debate about this article on HN – a bunch of people railing on the study. Studying software is extremely hard for reasons we all know. Capers Jones is one of a handful of people actually trying to quantify it. Yes, studies are going to be imperfect but at least they’re trying hard to measure output on a topic that a lot of people are divided on.
I was particularly struck with the comparison with other industries. Many people in other industries work on large systems as well, yet no other field attempts to pair workers together like the software industry.