I recently read an outrageous claim from a company that makes software project management tools. I’m leaving the company name out of this post as I don’t want to either single them out, or to give them publicity.
[Product X] companies were 25% more productive. That’s like adding 25 people to a 100-person department, free!
Let’s just set aside the notion that you can accurately measure productivity of software teams in a meaningful way (you can’t). My immediate thought take on that was, “No, it’s like removing 25 people from a 100-person department. Hasn’t anyone read the Mythical Man-Month?”