RE: 40-hour weeks (was Re: FWD: Lack...)

Subject: RE: 40-hour weeks (was Re: FWD: Lack...)
From: Chris Borokowski <athloi -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2007 11:38:45 -0700 (PDT)

I couldn't agree more. "Work smarter, not harder" is more than a
slogan. People need time to recharge. If you see too much of the same
thing, your thought process becomes so lockstep that obvious problems
are missed. How many times (for you half-developers out there) has an
impossible bug the night before become obvious in the morning?

I no longer have the link, and someone may have posted it here, but
there was an interesting study about how people have difficulty making
decisions in groups, with the more people involved the proportionate
decline in decisive action abilities.

--- Jim Morgan <Jim -dot- Morgan -at- jdsu -dot- com> wrote:

> I've seen no scientific (versus anecdotal) evidence
> of
> a team that *prospered* for more than a year in the conditions of
> constant long hours, and significant contrary evidence of properly
> project-managed teams outperforming (and outlasting) teams that just
> used long hours instead.
> My point, again, is not that a team can't get a job done through
> brute
> hours. I am questioning the real financial (and of course, human)
> costs
> of doing it that way rather than applying all available best
> practices
> to work as cost-effectively as possible.
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