30 Mar '14, 3pm

When the value of the hour is deflated, you need more hours to do stuff.

The Eight-Hour Burn 2013.07.09 One of the many sources of controversy around the Extreme Programming movement is its initial assertion that team members should work no more than forty hours per week. This kind of talk really upsets slave-driving managers who want to squeeze as much productivity as possible from their teams. It even kind of upset programmers themselves. The number of hours worked continuously becomes part of the developer machismo, like how many beers a frat boy can chug at a kegger. Bob Martin, one of the Extreme Programming community’s luminaries, turned the phrase around in a way that made it much more tolerable for both parties while staying true to Kent Beck’s original intent. Martin renamed forty-hour workweek to “eight-hour burn.” The idea is that you should work so relentlessly that there is no way that you could continue longer than eight hours. Be...

Full article: http://chadfowler.com/passionate-programmer/burn.html

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