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Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams, Third Edition by Tim Lister, Tom DeMarco

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8. “You Never Get Anything Done around Here between 9 and 5.”

Part of the folklore among development workers in all sectors of our economy is, “Overtime is a fact of life.” This implies that the work can never get done in the amount of time worth allocating for it. That seems to us a rather dubious proposition. Overtime is certainly a fact of life in the software industry, for example, but that industry could hardly have come through a period of such phenomenal prosperity if the software built on the whole weren’t worth a lot more than was paid for it. How to explain then the fact that software people as well as workers in other thought-intensive positions are putting in so many extra hours?

A disturbing possibility is that overtime is not so ...

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