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Do “accountability partners” increase the chance of achieving personal commitments?

An accountability partner is: a person who coaches another person in terms of helping the other person keep a commitment. Daily Seven is an example of a site that offers an accountability ...
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Does Habitat for Humanity hire professional “cleanup crews” to fix poor construction work done by volunteers?

Here are some articles alleging poor construction from Habitat for Humanity: http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/04/jimmy-carter/ ...
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Is Moore's law just a special case of an experience curve? [closed]

I recently stumbled upon the notion of an experience curve: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experience_curve_effects#The_experience_curve . It basically says, that plotting the cost per item over the ...
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Do longer work weeks result in less productivity for knowledge workers?

There are lot of articles on the internet that talk about diminishing productivity in relation to overtime and include graphs like the following: but I cannot seem to find a reputable and ...
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Do workplace performance appraisals and workplace goal-setting exercises hurt morale?

I have the strong suspicion that workplace performance appraisals and the act of setting employee goals do little to improve the employee performance and often serve to hurt the employee morale, which ...
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Does menstruation affect the ability of women to do blue-collar work?

I just read about the concept of menstrual leave. The Wikipedia article says it originated in Japan, and applies in a couple of asian countries. In 2005, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union ...
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Have Time Management Techniques Been Shown To Be Effective

This might be too vague of a question, but I've been trying to determine the effectiveness of time management systems. There is a lot of information on various time management systems....all of which ...
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Is 22-23 Celsius (72-73 degrees F) measurably the optimal temperature for office productivity

I must admit that I lost the original reference for the claim, but almost certain it was LifeHacker, so it is notable enough. The claim is that 72-73 degrees Fahrenheit (or about 22-23 Celsius) is ...
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Do office plants increase productivity?

Treehugger: Research has shown that a healthy office space with plants and open windows is more conducive to productivity. Do plants in the office increase the productivity of employees?
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Do performance incentives work for knowledge workers?

In this animated video of his talk, Dan Pink claims performance incentives do not work, and can actually lead to worse performance. In summary, he quotes two studies (which he unfortunately does not ...
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Do programmers who learn to type faster become better programmers?

CodingHorror: So if you want to become a great programmer, start by becoming a great typist. [...] When you're a fast, efficient typist, you spend less time between thinking that thought and ...
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Does eating pizza decrease 'energy'? [closed]

Examples of claims from this Reddit thread: It's just one of those foods that tends to kill your energy level for a bit after you eat it. The pizza thing is just because it tends to kill your ...
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Does closing a swing top bottle have any negative impact on the beer company?

Here in Germany there are a number of beer brands that come in a swing top bottle. (picture taken from Wikipedia; copyright by Michiel1972, license GNU/GFDL) I often heard the claim that you should ...
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Is working more than 40 hours a week pointless? [closed]

I've read in some news articles that after putting in 40 hours a week, productivity drops off dramatically, to the point where it is suggested that it's not worth doing at all. Is this true? I've ...
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Are there studies clearly illustrating the great discrepancies in programmer productivity?

There exists a widely held (and frequently asserted) belief that there is a very big (relatively to other professions) discrepancy between the top tier software developers and the non-top-tier. ...
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Is professional software development discriminatory?

It's quite a common experience that there are fewer women and African (-American) people in programming as warranted by the natural proportions. It is not so obvious whether this is due to ...
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What study showed that using headphones to drown out office noise is detrimental?

I was watching an interview with Spolsky and he mentioned some study that showed listening to music with headphones caused a drop in having "deep thoughts" ...
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Is there a benefit to “resting your brain” for a significant period of time?

I had an intense quarter at school where I was studying and working pretty much all the time. Over winter break, I had many grand intentions of studying on my own and learning what I wanted to learn. ...
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Does a tidy desk make you more productive than a messy one?

I'm a messy desk sort of person (even the desktops on my computers are messy). But there are loads of personal productivity evangelists telling me that a tidy desk would make me more productive. ...
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Is an open internet access a productivity killer at the workplace?

I hear about workplaces banning sites like Facebook, or Twitter, all in the name of productivity gain. Has there been any studies showing any evidence that having full access to browse the web at ...
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Is Brainwave Entrainment for real? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I get high using binaural beats? I've had days when I have a difficult time thinking and getting creative, and then I have other days where I have no problem at all ...
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Is non-union labor more productive than union labor?

A claim was made today by an equipment manufacturing industry representative that in the last 10 years Non-Union labor had far out paced Union labor in productivity gains and that Non-Union Shops ...
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Does using headphones to drown out ambient noise reduce the quality of work?

There has been some fierce discussion about this subject in blogosphere and on Programmers.SE. It all started with Joel Spolsky's claim: [...] putting on headphones to drown out the ambient noise ...
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Do Open-Plan Offices have productivity advantages?

There are quite a few studies debunking the effectiveness of Open-Plan Offices (sometimes named Open Space), such as this study by the Queensland University of Technology. However, I wonder whether it ...
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Are there reliable metrics for measuring the productivity of a programmer?

This is really a followup question to Is programming in Python faster than in C, C++ or Java? that I also posted on programmers.SE. The first comment seem to challenge the very idea that programmer ...
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Does the Pomodoro Technique increase productivity?

A lot is written about The Pomodoro Technique on various productivity blogs, is there any hard evidence that it improves productivity compared to basic scheduling of work?
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Do bigger or more monitors increase productivity?

There is a ton of anecdotal evidence that adding more screen estate (more or larger monitors) leads to an increase in productivity, especially for programmers. For example, where I work, all ...