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Three-day no-meeting schedule for engineers

Brian Donohue | Pinterest engineering manager, Product EngineeringAbout 100 days ago, our product engineering team began experimenting with a three-day no-meeting schedule for individual contributors on our teams.It’s not a big revelation that software development requires long stretches of uninterrupted time to focus. As Pinterest has grown, we’ve noticed the number of meetings also has increased. Having so many meetings can fragment an engineer’s entire day, eliminating the stretches of uninterrupted time required to build software.Back in 2009, Paul Graham wrote the following, which speaks to this issue better than I can ever hope to:When you’re operating on the maker’s schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in. Plus you have to remember to go to the meeting. That’s no problem for someone on the manager’s schedule. There’s always something coming


 

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