According to the myth, there are engineers who can contribute 10X more than their peers. I don’t know whether this is possible or not, and I haven’t got a good metric for productivity (right now, does anyone?!). I’d want to be one of the engineers who contributes 10x more so I need to find a way to measure and drive self-improvement.
If we use Peopleware as a guideline
* Count on the best people outperforming the worst by about 10:1.
* Count on the best performer being about 2.5 times better than the median performer.
* Count on the half that are better-than-median performers outdoing the other half by more than 2:1
If I rate myself as a median engineer at Microsoft, then I’m looking to have 2.5X more impact by this time next year.
Step one: Finding an initial metric to judge impact.
There’s no point in performing an experiment without having a metrics,
Number of tasks completed seems like the least flawed metric. I believe it might be a blend of all 3 and more…
Step two: Finding out how I work
Initial theory, if I can track how I spend my time I will be able to optimize it to be more productive.
Data I might be able to collect
Slightly less on topic but maybe correlated
Task: time to start writing services to collect as many data points as possible!
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