In the ever-evolving landscape of software engineering, understanding team productivity is crucial. A recent study conducted by Stanford University sheds light on which countries excel in this domain. It demonstrated, that Polish software teams led the way in productivity. Let’s explore the findings and their implications.

The Study

  • Research Context: Stanford University researchers Yegor Denisov-Blanch and Simon Obstbaum developed an innovative algorithm to assess developer productivity. This algorithm quantitatively evaluates the impact of commits on software functionality, providing an objective measure of output delivered.
  • Global Comparison: One company, participating in this research, stood out. Its best-performing teams were located in PolandBrazil, and Romania. These teams consistently outperformed the global average by approximately 50%.
  • Unique Case Study: What makes this case study remarkable? The teams in each country operate as independent units, utilizing similar tech stacks (JavaScript and Python). They develop products at comparable stages of business and technology maturity.
Polish Software Teams Lead the Way in Productivity: Insights from Stanford Research

Insights and Implications

  1. Team-Level Productivity: Focusing on team-level productivity encourages collaboration and collective growth. Rather than competing for existing resources (“slicing the pie”), teams aim to increase total productivity (“growing the pie”).
  2. Objective Metrics Matter: When making decisions about software teams, rely on objective metrics. Traditional measures like Lines of Code or number of commits may not provide an accurate picture. Stanford’s algorithm offers a more reliable assessment.
  3. Algorithm Details:
  • Developed at Stanford, the algorithm evaluates developer productivity across languages.
  • It considers both individual developers and entire organizations.
  • By analyzing source code and git metadata, it provides an unbiased view of output.

Conclusion: Polish Software Teams Excellence

As organizations strive for efficiency, data-driven decisions become paramount. Stanford’s research empowers engineering teams to make informed choices, ensuring growth, and maintaining Poland’s reputation as a software powerhouse.

Remember, when assessing productivity, look beyond conventional metrics. Poland’s success demonstrates the value of objective analysis. 


  1. LinkedIn Post by Stanford Expert Yegor Denisov-Blanche
  2. Software Engineering Productivity Research
  3. Ongoing Research on Software Engineering Productivity
  4. Rethinking Productivity in Software Engineering

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