Neal Kaplan I'm a director of technical communications working for a data analysis startup in Redwood City. I started as a technical writer, and since then I've also been learning about information architecture, training, content strategy, and even something about customer support. I'm also passionate about cross-team collaboration and user communities.

How many lines of code is considered a large project?

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  • The average is the project size lines of code per year.
  • The results are as follows:
  • 10,000 LOC.
  • The LOC was 100,000.
  • The LOC 700 is over a million.
  • 10,000,000 LOC.

The 10,000 LOC system would require 13 staff months. Small may not do much, but the odds of failure are low. The guys at 37signals have been talking about the virtues of small for over a year now and I don’t think they will be surprised by the relationship between size and productivity on software projects.

If you keep in mind the limitations of the LOC measure, it’s a good place to start. Try to find something that is easy to count, highly correlated with effort, and meaningful for use in multiple projects. The chart of Windows operating system size, in lines of code, over time, is a key metric for determining project size, but it’s also easily manipulated and misinterpreted.

Is 300 lines of code a lot?

Less. The person isn’t even writing a line of code a minute if they have 300 lines of code. In an environment where it’s hard to understand what’s happening, you have to be careful.

What is considered a big project?

“Megaprojects are large-scale, complex ventures that typically cost $1 billion or more, take many years to develop and build, involve multiple public and private stakeholders, are transformational, and impact millions of people”, according to the Oxford Handbook of Megaproject Management.

How many lines of code is considered a big project?

The 2m+ sloc is a large project. Responsibility tends to be modularized along the structure of the code if anyone isfluent in the system.

Neal Kaplan I'm a director of technical communications working for a data analysis startup in Redwood City. I started as a technical writer, and since then I've also been learning about information architecture, training, content strategy, and even something about customer support. I'm also passionate about cross-team collaboration and user communities.

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