I know, I know, there's no such thing as a typical day, but I'm looking for averages. I've posted this discussion to many groups & have gotten an extraordinary response to it.
I've asked permission from the responders to use their comments in the article, but I feel that any paraphrasing I'd do would not preserve the character & helpful attitudes of the respondents, so I'm going to include the entire discussions from all the groups. Even though my comments in several of the groups are the same, I'm going to include them also to preserve the flow of the discussions.
The C++ Professionals Group contributed this:
Experienced IT consultant focused on improving software process for agile business delivery
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this set of discussions. I've arrived at four major points from all this:
- 70-80% efficiency is the norm. We are human beings, not robots.
- Increased hours decreases productivity. We are human beings, not robots.
- Estimated Effort can give Expected Duration. Statistics like those we have been discussing can lead to reliable estimates of duration. ( Please note that estimated effort should be a 3 point estimate, so that PERT or a modified PERT, can give an expected estimate of effort).
- Special Interest Groups are composed of knowledgeable, giving people.