Monday, March 21, 2011

The 100% Utilization and Resource Scheduling

When you ask people to work at 100% utilization, you get much less work out of them than when you plan for them to work a roughly 6 hours of technical work day. People need time to read email, go to the occasional meeting, take bio breaks, have spirited discussions about the architecture or the coffee or something else. We seem to need spirited discussions in this industry! But if you plan for a good chunk of work in the morning and a couple of good chunks of work in the afternoon and keep the meetings to a minimum, technical people have done their fair share of work.
If you work in a meeting-happy organization, you can’t plan on 6 hours of technical work. You have to plan on less. You’re wasting people’s time with meetings. Hmm, maybe that should be the subject of my next lightning talk.

Article by Johanna Rothman for PM Hut:
100% utilization and resource scheduling

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