Sunday, October 30, 2011

How do you identify high workload? (letter to XR

Q: Do you need to record how you allocate time to assignments in blocks of 2 hours, 4 hours or 8 hours?
Q: Do you need to everyday describe, verbally, what you did in the previous day?
Q: When neck, back, or eyes feel tired, do you always feel free to get away from computers for a while?Q: Do regular developers feel relaxed enough to write documentation in wiki or Word document for other people?
Q: Do you get time to make 30-minute chitchats with friends on office phone during office hours?
Q: Do you feel pressure to return to work after 45 minutes at lunch with a friend (assuming no official policy about how long lunch break is).
Q: do you feel relaxed enough to read department newsletter? Exclude brief light periods after a project.
Q: do you feel relaxed enough to read technology newsletter? Exclude brief light periods after a project.
Q: Do you think twice about going out for lunch once a week?
Q: Do you ever work out (briefly) before leaving office?
Q: Suppose you are stuck waiting for an answer or for a build to finish, do you feel you can just stop working for 15 minutes? What if you get such "waiting periods" everyday? Does your manager make it a rule that you should take up some of the numerous other tasks during such a short wait?

Q: As a developer, during office hours do you feel relaxed enough to read business publication related to work? I believe (even lead) developers never have to read such things to do a decent job. Required business knowledge is highly site-specific and accrue during projects. Knowledge about industry is never a must.

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