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#1 cfreek

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 09:43 PM

I have a question, if anyone does not mind sharing.

I’ve heard of a recent situation that has come up, where web developers at a company are expected to have 90% or their time billable for the week (36 hours). If there is not enough client work to make up that time, they are to “come up with” work to do that would benefit the company to make the goal.

I’ve read web developers/designers/programmers tend to be far less productive than that and am curious… Is anyone willing to share their average “productive” time in a day?

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 01:32 AM

37 Signals expect a max of 4hrs quality coding in a day IF there are zero interruptions. That is why they run a no meeting culture to max their productivity.

I set out to get 3hrs uninterrupted or creative time is toast.

Your sample company is being run by bean counters not creatives.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 01:40 PM

Thanks for the info.

I've been reading and/or seeing a varying 3-6 hours per day, your numbers fall in line with that. Hopefully others will chime in as well, as I would like a few opinions.

Edited by cfreek, 15 September 2012 - 01:40 PM.


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Posted 17 September 2012 - 01:18 PM

I have been asked to clarify, as some think it will change the answer:

"The company in question requires 36 hours of productive work per week. This essentially means you get up to 45 minutes to goof off each day and the rest of the time has to be working on something to benefit the company. This could be client related work, answering email, phone calls, research, meetings, sales calls, organizing, washing windows, etc."

Edited by cfreek, 17 September 2012 - 02:56 PM.


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Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:44 AM

Sounds insane and impossible to me. I'm lucky to do 3 or 4 hours of "real work" every day. But I work for myself and don't have to!

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 09:11 AM

So, does sitting and thinking through a problem count as "goofing off"? If not, how do they tell the difference between one and the other?

Stupid rule from clueless management, IMO.

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