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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • But now every hour is supposedly accounted for (consulting shops generally don't do this until they're on the brink of collapse).

    We just started doing this. And we are not a consulting shop. We're not even paid hourly.

    In January they told us there was a new system where we'd be required to log some, but not all, hours, for some, but not all, tasks. They took forever getting our tasks in, wasting a lot of time putting in dead, completed tasks from 2006 and 2005, believe it or not. I started logging for specified tasks as it became available. They specifically said "We're not going to be asking you to account for 100% of your hours."

    Then suddenly in late February we were told to go back and put in all 40 hours per week into the system for the month of January.

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    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • We do this at $work as well. I understand the need for it. You can capitalize expenses for taxes and certain types of work, etc.

      The problem I has is that of focus. If you want me to log all my hours fine. But when you change the priority and make me context switch what I'm doing 10 times a day, it's never going to happen.
    • I have to submit a report at the end of every period. It is still a PITA.
    • So long as you just work on one or max two projects during a day, I like it. It's not _that_ much of a bother to fire up a browser or Excel document at the end of the day before leaving (unless it's a totally crap application, which isn't all that uncommon when it comes to time reporting).

      At my old job I don't know how many extra hours I put in that were just "lost" for me because they were "flex" hours I could have taken by going home an hour or two later some other day but never did.

      Then we started to rep