Questions tagged [productivity]

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Is the average office worker only productive for 3 hours a day?

A recent answer on StackExchange linked to a blog post claiming that: Research suggests that in an eight-hour day, the average worker is only productive for two hours and 53 minutes. According ...
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Does Test Driven Development decrease development time and create better quality software? [closed]

As any software developer out there I hold my own opinions about programming related stuff. I also hold my own opinion about TDD (Test Driven Development). But my opinion is irrelevant because it's ...
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Are monitors with an IPS (in-plane switching) panel better for the eyes?

slothygeek writes: There are three main display panel types for screens: IPS, VA and TN panels. Screens with TN panels are best for gaming but these are not the best for your eyes. If you want ...
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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 ...
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Did Lord Kelvin say “If you can not measure it, you can not improve it”?

AZquotes claims that Lord Kelvin (or William Thomson) said this: If you can not measure it, you can not improve it. But there is no such a quote in his Wikiquote page. So did he actually say this?
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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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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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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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Do programmers who learn to type faster become better programmers?

CodingHorror writes: 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 ...
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Does talking to a rubber duck improve programmer performance when debugging?

In software engineering (especially XP) there is a commonly held belief that talking to a rubber duck will improve performance when debugging problematic code. This technique is referenced in ...
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Has any programmer ever been paid per line of code?

There have been some claims that some software developers were paid per line of code written: Bill Gates was paid per line of code I heard that Microsoft has a tradition of needlessly long and ...
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Does working over 40 hours a week make you less productive?

Does modern research prescribe 40 hour workweeks, and agree that increasing hours doesn't proportionally increase productivity you turn in less and worse work, and risk dangerous mistakes longer ...
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Do religious people score more favorably on most common social indicators than the non-religious? [closed]

In the Age of Em, Robin Hanson claims that "...religious people tend to be happier, healthier, and more productive. They live longer, smoke less, exercise more, earn more, get and stay married more, ...
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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 “startup employee effectiveness follow a power law”?

One of the main assertions of this blog post is that, "Startup employee effectiveness follows a power law" rather than a normal distribution. Much like startup performance follows a power law, so ...
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Does innovation or productivity per resident increase by 15 percent, every time the size of a city doubles?

Zappos and other advocates of Holocracy frequently state the following: Research shows that every time the size of a city doubles, innovation or productivity per resident increases by 15 percent. ...
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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 listening to music while working improve mental ability?

I'm a high school student and when I'm studying / working on homework, I often listen to music, but its very hard for me to tell whether or not this is helping me or hindering me from an objective ...
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Is the optimal temperature for human productivity 13°C? [closed]

A recent study attempting to quantify some of the economic costs of a warming climate argues that the optimal temperature for human productivity seems to be 13°C. As the Washington Post reports: ...
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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" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF8ZVB-v3IM#...
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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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Does closing a swing-top bottle make recycling more costly?

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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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: Conservative blogger, Michelle Malkin: The road to hell is paved with good intentions — and, apparently, the homes in ...
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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 partner ...
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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 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 scientific ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 being ...
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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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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 ...