March 7, 2005

Schwartzian Headphone Madness

So I was reading this post from the Jonathan Schwartz's weblog and can I just say this.... Jonathan Schwartz, are you insane?. If you want your programmers to be productive, let them wear headphones to avoid interruptions, not bring the interruptions closer to them. What the hell is going on? Does anyone code anymore? No I don't think that coding is always a solitary activity, and I've seen XP being used as a very effective development methodology, but that doesn't mean that programmers want to be interrupted whenever in some fabulous VR MMORPG of developer chatter.

I feel like an old man telling young whippersnappers to get off my lawn sometimes. But come on...I can't be the only one who read this book, or at least read an article about it. I can't be the only one who finds themself at their most productive when I shut the world out with headphone and sign out of the instant messangers. Focus, I say. I'm at my worst when I give into those distractions.

1 comment:

jfb3 said...

You must remember, Jonathan Schwartz doesn't create code for living, he talks. If he uses a word that is off connotation from what he intended his company won't BSOD. He can correct it the next day with a new memo.

If he had to operate within the same constraints as developers he would have to send a memo-updating tool out to everyone who read his prior memo to update their documents and blogs and maintain all formatting and markup everytime he said "What I meant was..."