How much time do you spend working, but not coding

Documentation, Meetings, emails... is there anytime to code

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Poll: What percentage of you time at work do you spend (21 member(s) have cast votes)

In Meetings

  1. 0-10% (12 votes [57.14%])

    Percentage of vote: 57.14%

  2. 10-20% (3 votes [14.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.29%

  3. 20-30% (1 votes [4.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.76%

  4. 30-40% (2 votes [9.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.52%

  5. 40-50% (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. 50-60% (2 votes [9.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.52%

  7. > 60% (I live in meetings) (1 votes [4.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.76%

Reading/Writing documentation (design docs, status reports, etc.)

  1. 0-10% (5 votes [23.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.81%

  2. 10-20% (7 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  3. 20-30% (5 votes [23.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.81%

  4. 30-40% (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. 40-50% (2 votes [9.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.52%

  6. 50-60% (1 votes [4.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.76%

  7. > 60%(I live documentation, I DREAM documentation) (1 votes [4.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.76%

On the Phone/Writing emails (Not: conf. calls count as meetings above)

  1. 0-10 (12 votes [57.14%])

    Percentage of vote: 57.14%

  2. 10-20 (5 votes [23.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.81%

  3. 20-30% (3 votes [14.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.29%

  4. 30-40% (1 votes [4.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.76%

  5. 50-60% (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. > 60% (If I am not on it, it is ringing) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

Researching

  1. 0-10% (If I don't know it, you don't need it) (1 votes [4.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.76%

  2. 10-20% (10 votes [47.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 47.62%

  3. 20-30% (6 votes [28.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 28.57%

  4. 30-40% (2 votes [9.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.52%

  5. 40-50% (2 votes [9.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.52%

  6. > 50% (I am a researcher... thats what I get paid to do) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

Actually Coding

  1. 0-10% (2 votes [9.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.52%

  2. 10-20% (3 votes [14.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.29%

  3. 20-30% (5 votes [23.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.81%

  4. 30-40% (4 votes [19.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.05%

  5. 40-50% (2 votes [9.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.52%

  6. 50-60% (2 votes [9.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.52%

  7. >60% (I live, eat, and dream code) (3 votes [14.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.29%

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#1 NickDMax  Icon User is offline

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How much time do you spend working, but not coding

Posted 31 March 2009 - 10:42 AM

I just got a >200 page document that I have to read and be intimately familiar with... I am begining to see why Team Leads are always complaining about never getting to write a piece of code...

When I actually did the poll myself... does not seem so bad actually... guess I just needed perspective.
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Re: How much time do you spend working, but not coding

Posted 01 April 2009 - 04:09 PM

Annoyingly enough, a lot of people seem to think it's okay sitting around answering and receiving e-mail. A lot of people live by their inbox and have inbox anxiety, where they click "Send/Receive" ever other minute.

I'm fortunate enough to be in a position where I can set my mail client to only check for new mail every 30 minutes to an hour.

I simply cannot break concentration. I have to work for at least a solid 30-60 minutes straight and keep the flow going before I can take time away from that for distractions.

I also have a very strict e-mail policy. If it isn't actionable, it gets deleted. If it is actionable, I quickly add tasks to my task manager (wonderfully trivial in Apple Mail; it often takes less than a single click), and then I delete it. I have one archive folder where I keep anything that I think I might need later. Whatever it takes, I keep my inbox empty. Avoiding e-mail overload in our very e-mail-centric office culture is one of the best ways to keep me working on what I'm getting paid to do, solve problems. If I keep myself organized and put things where they belong as soon as I'm made aware of them, I avoid the idle time of dredging through my e-mail inbox, and coming back later to organize my tasks all at once.

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Re: How much time do you spend working, but not coding

Posted 01 April 2009 - 05:34 PM

This poll was a tough one for me, as I made the switch a number of years ago away from coding for a living to take on more of the management side, and the coding I do on the side can be dedicated, as it's for my own side company.

I have heard similar complaints from my dev teams though, and well remember my days when coding was my main focus and I was somewhat vexed by the need to spend time away from it. Ah well, gotta do what you gotta do, right?
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Re: How much time do you spend working, but not coding

Posted 02 April 2009 - 03:28 AM

Well, limited coding when your still in high school.

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Re: How much time do you spend working, but not coding

Posted 03 April 2009 - 09:11 AM

I spend all of my time at DIC!
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Posted 03 April 2009 - 09:33 AM

My actual time spent in development dropped sharply when I left employment and set up an agency. Now meetings and day to day office running things get in the way quite a lot.
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Re: How much time do you spend working, but not coding

Posted 03 April 2009 - 11:26 AM

i spend lot of time in planning whenever i do projects because i think that more planned you are it is easy to execute the code i guess you all agree and rest of time i sped on dic
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Re: How much time do you spend working, but not coding

Posted 07 April 2009 - 01:20 AM

View PostNikhil_07n, on 4 Apr, 2009 - 02:11 AM, said:

I spend all of my time at DIC!


Wow, dont you have a job or study.
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Posted 11 April 2009 - 03:51 AM

For me school and sleep leave only 8 hours to do everything else.
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Re: How much time do you spend working, but not coding

Posted 11 April 2009 - 03:14 PM

View PostNikhil_07n, on 3 Apr, 2009 - 08:11 AM, said:

I spend all of my time at DIC!

Doesn't it defeat the purpose of being here if you don't spend any time coding but just talk about it?
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Re: How much time do you spend working, but not coding

Posted 12 April 2009 - 10:19 PM

I find the researching number amusing. I wonder who clicked the "If I don't know it, you don't need it".

Personally I think that research is one of the most important things developers do. Its hard to take a rest from it. This is a terribly dynamic industry and you just can't know it all. I suppose that you can know all there is to know in you little bubble, but eventually the outside world in going to seep in.
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Re: How much time do you spend working, but not coding

Posted 16 April 2009 - 09:06 AM

I did a lot of time documenting/writing for projects before I got sick and had to stop working. It is what I did. :)

Coding was always secondary to writing for me. Now I work on personal projects and write tutorials. Trying to start a freelance career doing documentation/writing for projects.
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