High-quality software is not expensive. High-quality software is faster and cheaper to build and maintain than low-quality software, from initial development all the way through total cost of ownership.— Capers Jones
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The use of lines of code metrics for productivity and quality studies [is] to be regarded as professional malpractice starting in 1995.
Excessive or irrational schedules are probably the single most destructive influence in all of software
There are thousands of ways to mess up or damage a software projects, and only a few ways to do them well
Perhaps the worst software technology of all time was the use of physical lines of code [for metrics]. Continued use of this approach, in the author's opinion, should be considered professional malpractice.