Productivity is a measure of output from a production process, per unit of input.

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Is it normal to have a “mini” IT department within a department in a company? [closed]

The company where I work has a very decent IT department, which provided almost everything we need from an IT department. Anyway because of the nature of the work in my department (not IT related by ...
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Purpose oriented user accounts on a single desktop?

Starting point: I currently do development for Dynamics Ax, Android and an occasional dabble with Wordpress and Python. Soon, I'll start a project involving setting up WP on Google Apps Engine. ...
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How can I get into “programmer mind” more quickly and more often? [duplicate]

There's a workflow I'm working on. It's so far been web forms filling databases with occasional writing configuration scripts for analysis instruments instruments, and I've written it all, in Perl, ...
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If you were the manager of a team of 25 developers, how would you motivate them? [closed]

Imagine yourself hired by a new startup backed with few millions coming from venture capitalists. Your mission: organize the development of the next killer app. 25 developers is too much to take ...
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Programming as fast as you can touch-type… How to get to that stage? [duplicate]

I took a test recently and found that I could touch type comfortably at around 100 wpm... and if given some sort of autocorrect/intellisense then that would be even faster (who knows maybe 150 ...
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Daily Scrum when the team is just fixing bugs

I understand all the advantages of Daily Scrum and my team does it when we are working on stories. But sometimes we just have bugs to fix for days, while we're waiting for new stories, and when this ...
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How does a programmer used to static languages cope with lack of Javascript tooling

I have programmed pretty much exclusively in compiled languages, particularly Java, for most of my career. One of my favourite things about Java is how productive you can be, and how little code you ...
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How to convince my boss to improve code quality? [duplicate]

The place I'm working for is a service provider. We have a lot of services, which are written to deal with deadline, so their code are really terrible: No coding convention, everyone codes in his ...
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Is programming in Python faster than in C, C++ or Java?

There's a widespread belief among programmers that the more dynamic and loosely typed the language, the more productive the programmer will be in it. Guido van Rossum wrote about programming ...
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How should I manage my time? [duplicate]

There are times when just one bug that keeps eating away your time like hell ... for example this one. I generally end up wasting hours and realize I've gone terribly behind my schedule and not ...
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Annotate source code with diagrams as comments

I write a lot of (primarily c++ and javascript) code that touches upon computational geometry and graphics and those kinds of topics, so I have found that visual diagrams have been an indispensable ...
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How to measure team productivity? [duplicate]

The upper management at our company has laid out a goal for our software team to be “15% more productive” over the next year. Measuring productivity in a software development environment is very ...
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What would motivate you to do free programming work for work after work? [closed]

I'm not talking about working overtime for a project, but R&D, or test bed applications that benefit the company. These would become teaching tools, and eventually sales tools. I know it sounds ...
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Do you actually write 'clean code'? [closed]

I have seen some programmers tweaking their code over and over again not only to make it 'work good', but also to make it 'look good'. IMO, 'clean code' is actually a compliment indicating your code ...
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best way to quickly stash your cognitive state when you just can't avoid interruptions

I don't even know if this question makes sense ... but let me let you grok it... imagine ... You're totally absorbed into some programming thought/idea/concept, your brain is in it's most ...
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What to do when the programming activity becomes a problem? [duplicate]

I once saw a program (can't remember which) where it talked about people "experiencing flow" when they are doing something they are passionate about. When "in flow", they tend to lose track of time ...
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How do you keep from running into the same problems over and over?

I keep running into the same problems. The problem is irrelevant, but the fact that I keep running into is completely frustrating. The problem only happens once every, 3-6 months or so as I stub out ...
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How to avoid getting carried away with details? [duplicate]

When I program, I often get too involved with details. There might be some little thing that doesn't do exactly what I want it to, or maybe there's some little feature I want to add. Either way, none ...
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What is the alternative to frequent manual verification?

I was thinking, is there a particular time in your coding where you verify that it works? Say, after coding a function, or an entire class, or an entire section of an app, or after every 'significant' ...
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How productive is an excellent developer compared to an average one? [duplicate]

I believe that I read somewhere that Google has a rule of thumb that an excellent developer is around 300 times more productive than an average one. Does anyone have any rules of thumb used by large ...
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Is it worth developing custom shopping cart? [closed]

We have handsome library of cakephp modules at my workplace, and we develop custom websites at good pace until the shopping cart comes our way to slow down the process. I have used various (Magento, ...
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(Why) Should I learn a new programming language?

I'm quite proficient with Java, C/C++, JavaScript/jQuery and decently good at Objective-C. I'm quite productive with the languages and their corresponding frameworks too and do produce enterprise ...
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Are there any empirical studies about the effects of commenting source code on software quality, maintainability and developer productivity? [closed]

I am an advocate of commenting on source code and documenting software products. It is my personal experience and observation that working on source code that is rigorously commented has helped me in ...
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Making things just work and then improve them, or attempt to make them “perfect” from the beginning?

I don't have any experience working as a programmer - I just code as a hobby so far. Some years ago, I heard a programmer say that I should focus on making my code just work despite being slow (it was ...
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Should I fix small issues or let them go? [closed]

I ran into the following issue where a keyboard shortcut I was used to was no longer working in Ubuntu. That's just an example. For programming, this kinds of thing happens a lot, but it also happens ...
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Python productivity VS Java Productivity

Over on SO I came across a question regarding which platform, Java or Python is best for developing on Google AppEngine. Many people were boasting of the increased productivity gained from using ...
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How can I track programming productivity on a daily basis? [closed]

How can I track that I'm developing software more or less productive than the previous days?
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How to avoid “DO YOU HAZ TEH CODEZ” situations?

I have a strange situation at work, where a colleague of mine often asks me and other co-workers for working code. I would like to help him, but this constant request of trivial snippets interrupts ...
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What is the way to understand someone else's giant uncommented spaghetti code? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I’ve inherited 200K lines of spaghetti code — what now? I have been recently handled a giant multithreaded program with no comments and have been asked to understand ...
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Is StackOverflow making me stupid? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When stuck, how quickly should one resort to Stack Overflow? Its good that solution to almost every programming problem is available at my disposal, either someone has ...
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How to stop gold-plating and just be content to release working developments [closed]

The development team that I'm a member of has recently adapted to work according to Agile practices. This has personally highlighted the fact that I can't stop myself gold-plating code (and ...
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How long can a programmer concentrate in a day? [closed]

There is this question ( which is now closed as not constructive) that asked about the average productivity per day. My question is, is there any scientific study on the productivity of programmers? ...
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Effective methods for managing work tasks? (documenting/remembering/prioritizing) [closed]

I'm looking for suggestions on effective methods that I can use to document, remember and prioritize tasks at work. Many of the these tasks belong to a primary project, but they also exist for ...
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Is there such a thing as a super programmer? [closed]

Have you come across a super programmer? What identifies him or her as such, compared to "normal" experienced/great programmers? Also. how do you deal with a person in your team who believes he is a ...
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If competition is using 'lingua obscura' for development (why) should I be worried? [closed]

I was reading Paul Graham's essay - Beating The Averages (2003) and here's what he had to say: The more of an IT flavor the job descriptions had, the less dangerous the company was. The safest ...
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How to read Scala code with lots of implicits?

Consider the following code fragment (adapted from http://stackoverflow.com/a/12265946/1333025): // Using scalaz 6 import scalaz._, Scalaz._ object Example extends App { case class Container(i: ...
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Make audible Ding! sound, or growl notification, when `rake test` finishes!

I lose a ton of productivity by getting distracted while waiting for my tests to run. Usually, I'll start to look at something while they're loading --- and 15-20 minutes later I realize my tests ...
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How to deal with a valuable person going in all directions? [closed]

I am working with someone producing user content to be included in a software application. He is not a coder, but rather an expert in his field, sharing the knowledge. His contribution, taken piece ...
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Should Developers Perform All Tasks or Should They Specialize? [closed]

Disclaimer: The intent of this question isn't to discern what is better for the individual developer, but for the system as a whole. I've worked in environments where small teams managed certain ...
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Programming late at night problem [closed]

I recently found out that programming late at night causes sleeping problems, so what are the best hours for 'after-job' programming? Maybe there is some time interval that should be set after ...
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What technologies are used for Game development now days? [closed]

Whenever I ask a question about game development in an online forum I always get suggestions like learning line drawing algorithms, bit level image manipulation and video decompression etc. However ...
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What happens if you're unable to solve a problem?

I'm a year away from graduating from university, and I'm really looking forward to solving practical problems. Especially non-trivial ones which require a bit of research and a lot of thinking. But ...
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How can I be more productive at work? (additional context inside)

I work at a larger startup with a maturing codebase. I've only worked here a few months. I have few issues to work on currently because we are near a release. I don't have many assigned issues / bugs ...
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Correct definition of the term “Yak Shaving”

The wiktionary has two different definitions: Any apparently useless activity which, by allowing you to overcome intermediate difficulties, allows you to solve a larger problem. The actually ...
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How to manage/organise when you have to multi-task on multiple 1 man projects? [closed]

We are a team of developers working on multiple small projects - a developer could have 3 or more 1 man projects to work on and keep moving. It can feel like your time is pretty fragmented & ...
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Are there any programming fonts with oldstyle figures? [closed]

I find that oldstyle (or text) figures are much easier to read in any context outside of simple assignment. Are there any low-ambiguity fonts, monospaced or proportional, that have text figures and ...
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Filtering lists in an Android App offline or online?

I have an android app that fetches a list of about 100 Items. Trying to get the server load down, I've built a filtering feature that does everything offline, so basically instead of calling the ...
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Studies on how noise affects productivity of programmers [closed]

Does anyone have any links to studies that show how noise affects the productivity of programmers? Specifically I would like to see how/if productivity rises when noise levels decrease. As pointed in ...
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Is there any research about daily differences in productivity by the same programmer?

There has been a flurry of activity on the internet discussing a huge difference between the productivity of the best programmers versus the productivity of the worst. Here's a typical Google result ...
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Working with a remote developer

My company is going to hire an external developer to write some simple PHP modules and some minor bugfixing in our software. We have never hired an external developer by the hour before. How can we ...