Most software developers have just spent over a year working from inside their homes. What has that meant for how we work? What has it meant for productivity? And come to think of it, what IS productivity? What does being productive as a software developer even mean? How do you know you're being productive instead of just feeling like you're being productive?
It's time to take a journey through the history of work to find out how quantitative metrics were invented, and how they came to rule the modern workplace. From Florence Nightingale to Frederick Winslow Taylor to W. Edwards Deming, all the way to today with velocity and the Scrum methodology, there's an unbroken thread of metrics defining what work is and what our workplaces are like. Together, let's explore whether these metrics make sense for software, and how we can use what we learn to maximize our ability to solve problems, be creative, and maybe even have a little fun.