Re: Today's article on UseIt.com
- Hi Adam
--- In email@example.com, "Adam Sroka" <adam.sroka@...>
>Yes, I have heard about that. I may, as you suggest, not have given an
> [T]he military
> has developed technology for doing exactly what you suggest (Fighting
> fires remotely)[.]
ideal analogy. My impressions are that no occupation wouldn't benefit to
some degree if virtual or remote collaboration were employed. Would you
> On the other hand, I am not aware of many professions, fire-fightersTrue. Indeed, I prefer to be where the action is; in my head. I also
> and soldiers included, where practitioners actually prefer to be
> somewhere other than where the action is.
find that surrounding myself with those things that I'm familiar with
and help me to relax to keep me in my head; where I'm most comfortable
and feel most personally productive.
About the firefighter/soldier analogy and virtual collaboration. These
two occupations would definitely benefit. Both require working in
adverse conditions. Both require intimate and accurate knowledge about
the working environment. Both require close teamwork to achieve a goal
(a mission) which is directed by some point of control who itself, needs
intimate and accurate knowledge of the facts as soon as they evolve.
> Most of the time it has toWhere do you think the action is happening in software development? Not
> do with saving money and/or lives. Software developers, so far as I am
> able to tell, are unique in wanting simultaneously to work and to not
> be where the work is happening.
in one's head - the same place as I do?
> The first example I am aware of in Star Trek was the first movie.I apologise. You do seem to be considerably more learned about sci-fi.
I'll try to remember not to make controversial assertions in your
presence without prefacing these assertions with a standard disclaimer
similar to "I think...".
> > There are other studies (I don't have the exact quote) that showthat
> > the difference between a top-notch developer and a run-of-the-millone
> > is a factor of 10 or so.http://forums.construx.com/blogs/stevemcc/archive/2008/03/27/productivit
> The back up for that is here :-
Thx James. I always assumed that this was indeed supported by actual
studies, but still had a small nagging doubt that it might be one of
those urban legends that start with "studies show that ...." ;-). This
is a good reference which eliminates that doubt.