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Monday, July 27, 2009

Manager vs. Maker's Schedule

I found this on slashdot:

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/09/07/27/1528201/Managers-Schedule-vs-Makers-Schedule

http://www.paulgraham.com/makersschedule.html

Briefly:

Managers schedule their days in 1 hour chunks.

Makers schedule in chunks of half a day, at least.

A 1 hour meeting in the middle of the morning can blow away an entire half-day, for a Maker.

My team members - the interns and NCGs who have worked with and for me - will vouch that this applies to me. It applies especially to pair programming.

My coping strategy: I often block out time 10-11 and 2-4pm. And then only accept 1 meeting in each afternoon or morning. It still results in fragmented time, but it is better than nothing.

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