Craig Riecke asserts that “If you have 40% fewer programmers around you, you should have 40% less code to maintain”. In my 30 years of experience in the field I have NEVER seen that be the case, and I’ve never heard of it being the case.
Companies downsize to cut expenses while hopefully maintain or expanding income. This always means more absolute work for a smaller workforce which means dramatically more work per worker.
Its an interesting article but one this key point its just wrong.