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November 28th, 2005 - Open Knowledge

Nov. 28th, 2005

02:27 pm - Why Crunch Mode Doesn't Work: 6 Lessons

http://www.igda.org/articles/erobinson_crunch.php

Why Crunch Mode Doesn't Work: 6 Lessons

There's a bottom-line reason most industries gave up crunch mode over 75 years ago: It's the single most expensive way there is to get the work done.

by Evan Robinson



Executive Summary

When used long-term, Crunch Mode slows development and creates more bugs when compared with 40-hour weeks.

More than a century of studies show that long-term useful worker output is maximized near a five-day, 40-hour workweek. Productivity drops immediately upon starting overtime and continues to drop until, at approximately eight 60-hour weeks, the total work done is the same as what would have been done in eight 40-hour weeks.

In the short term, working over 21 hours continuously is equivalent to being legally drunk. Longer periods of continuous work drastically reduce cognitive function and increase the chance of catastrophic error. In both the short- and long-term, reducing sleep hours as little as one hour nightly can result in a severe decrease in cognitive ability, sometimes without workers perceiving the decrease.

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05:19 pm - Map my run

I was looking for a surveyor's wheel, and I came across the following mapping tools:

Map My Run: 3rd party distance route mapper.

gmap-pedometer: Google's own mapper.

05:23 pm - Exercise log

I normally "run" from my office (at the intersection of West Millbrook and Dixon Drive) around Shelly lake and back (a distance of about 3.75 miles. And by "run" I mean, I walk most of the way, with spurts of running.

Today, I ran all the way, with only two stops (at an intersection). I'm dripping with sweat and breathing hard, but I feel good.

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