[LINK] Article NY Times Sunday Review: The Rise of the New Groupthink
linda at databasics.com.au
Tue Jan 17 10:35:02 EST 2012
Happy New Year Linkers
Posted from another list (eclektica) so apologies for any duplication..
I found this article of great interest and thought other Linkers might
find it so..
It makes the case for isolation vs collaboration and cites some great
minds eg Steve Wozniak who did most of their work in solitude...
NY Times Sunday Review: The Rise of the New Groupthink
By SUSAN CAIN
Published: January 13, 2012
Excerpt: "Privacy also makes us productive. In a fascinating study known
as the Coding War Games, consultants Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister
compared the work of more than 600 computer programmers at 92 companies.
They found that people from the same companies performed at roughly the
same level — but that there was an enormous performance gap between
organizations. What distinguished programmers at the top-performing
companies wasn’t greater experience or better pay. It was how much
privacy, personal workspace and freedom from interruption they enjoyed.
Sixty-two percent of the best performers said their workspace was
sufficiently private compared with only 19 percent of the worst
performers. Seventy-six percent of the worst programmers but only 38
percent of the best said that they were often interrupted needlessly.
Solitude can even help us learn.... "
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