Re: Handling developers, "the zone" and other myths

Subject: Re: Handling developers, "the zone" and other myths
From: Emily Berk <emily -at- armadillosoft -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 23:46:50 -0700

On Mon, May 27, 2002, Bruce Byfield wrote:
>> reviews a book that supports the notion about the importance of "the
>> zone." Equally interesting are the comments from the techie crowd who
>> read the site, which, with some exceptions, tend to question the whole
>> idea of treating developers specially, as well as the idea of the zone....

In developing, as in writing and as in life, there are times when I don't mind being interrupted and times when I DO mind being interrupted.

If I am interrupted after I ask to NOT be interrupted, I tend to get really, really cranky.

Why would you doubt that certain people doing certain jobs at certain times need to NOT be interrupted?

Let me put this another way: If your heart surgeon took a personal call on a cell phone during YOUR triple bypass and something went wrong during the operation, wouldn't you use this information in your malpractice law suit?

Call it the Zone or call it what you want, but sometimes a person just really does need to focus on what she is doing.

Just my not-so-humble and belated $.02.


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