Makers and Managers

You may have come across it before, but I have to mention a great article by Paul Graham: Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule. In this article Graham points out what I’ve long suspected: those who make things (designers, developers, etc.) live on very different time than the managers with whom they interact on a regular basis. In short the makers need large chunks of uninterrupted time in which to work, and the managers need to hop from call to call, meeting to meeting, rarely focusing on one thing for very long.

Having been both a maker and a manager I can attest to the truth of this hypothesis and the necessity of respecting these schedules. Otherwise you end up with people being unproductive, frustrated and not able to perform to their potential.

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