Joel. You still doing the strict 9-5 thing?
I was searching for something on this site and I ran across this old posting of yours in which you give a brief review of Demarco's "Slack" and talk about trying to come in at 9 and leave at 5:
To get five to six hours efficient work you need to be there for eight hours. The slack is necessary in most cases
What's so wrong with 8 hours of work per day?
The best programmer I've ever worked with worked a strict 8:30-5 schedule. But he got more done in one day than most people get done in 3-4 days. (And good stuff, too, not rush hack jobs; he was very professional about his coding and design).
For most people, if they consistently work more than 40 hours a week, their brain starts to slow down on them. They make more mistakes and are often less productive than if they'd just cut themselves off at 8 hours a day.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
I encourage my programmers to work 9ish to 5ish. In some cases, they need to stay longer, but with very few exceptions this is because of their own desire, and we don't force it.
I struggled with this when defining my company, and I prefer: We work a maximum of eight hours per day, five days per week, except in truly exceptional circumstances.
The Pedant, Brent P. Newhall
I much prefer 8-4 ... but then again I've been known to start coding at 5:00 or 6 am :) I'm far more productive in the morning hours till about noon than after lunch. Of course, those hours from 5 or 6 until 9 means the office is completely empty and quiet - can get loads of work done then.
I've heard Joel say that programmers there "wander in" around 11 and stay until 7 or 8.
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