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Re: Coding to a deadline - why it is just like hunting bears.

by gmax (Abbot)
on Jun 03, 2003 at 10:07 UTC ( #262612=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Coding to a deadline - why it is just like hunting bears.

This is a clear message we get from DeMarco&Lister's Peopleware

An additional insight from the same source is to improve the environment to get you work in a flow, i.e. a status of concentration where your mind is properly applied to the context, and your thoughts are well connected, so you are in a problem-solving state.

Anyone working on the thinking business (such as programmers) need time to focus on their problem and start being productive about that. It takes at least fifteen minutes to "enter the flow", so if I get a 10 minutes phone call every hour I am only producing 35 minutes worth of my job. And if I get a 1 minute phone call every 15 minutes, I am just not working at all!

Your recommendations fit very well in this scenario. Reduce the noise (mosquitos! ++) and improve your job's quality.

Update There is an interesting review of Peopleware at Slashdot

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[marto]: which is a shame, I had a really productive day yesterday
[Corion]: marto: Meh, so it'll be a day of cleaning out email...
[marto]: and hoped that I'd be able to continue the momentum :)
[marto]: I can't even access client email, nor my employers since those idiots moved to citrix
[marto]: it literally doesn't work. Also, via their citrix interface theres no way to open attachments, or upload an attachment for sending. The company policy is that you email you work account from a personal one, and forward it on from there :/

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