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

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10. Brain Time versus Body Time

As part of the Santa Teresa pre-construction study described in Chapter 9, “Saving Money on Space,” McCue and his associates looked into the amounts of time that developers spend in different work modes. For a typical day, they concluded that workers divide their time as shown in Table 10–1.

Work Mode

Percent of Time

Working alone

30%

Working with one other person

50%

Working with two or more people

20%

Table 10–1. How Developers Spend Their Time

The significance of this table from a noise standpoint should be evident: Thirty percent of the time, people are noise sensitive, and the rest of the time, they are noise generators. Since the workplace is a mixture of people working alone and people working ...

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