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XP Practice: Energized Work

October 12, 2007 by Artem Marchenko

Energized Work practice also known as 40-hour Work Week or Sustainable Pace is a practice of working only as many hours as you can stay productive. The basis for it is that software development is a creative work. Every day software developers have to build a new product - something never done previously. Burning people out making them work more hours can increase productivity in a very short time. However, in mid-to-long term tired people can hardly invent the elegant and effective solution.

Energized work keeps the developers' mind alert and pen to new ideas. Fresh mind can come up with a way better and easier maintainable solutions, than somebody working 12 hours a day.


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About the Author: As the Editor-in-Chief for, Artem is charged with overseeing the direction for content, advertising, and the overall management of the site. Nowadays in his day life, Artem is a product manager in a global telecommunication company where he leads the development of a product developed in extremely distributed environment. Artem has been applying Agile and researching Agile since 2005. Contact Artem


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