Shorter hours in software - page 3 | CNET "'There's nothing to be gained from the extra hours,' he said. DeMarco argues that there are limits to how much people can churn out without adequate breaks, and companies with cultures of long days tend not to run meetings in a disciplined fashion.

DeMarco's logic makes perfect sense to Fog Creek Software founder Joel Spolsky. It would be rare to find Fog Creek's five full-time employees working more than 40 hours a week, Spolsky said. Despite--or perhaps because of--these traditional hours, revenue at the maker of bug-tracking software has more than doubled every year since its inception five years ago. "

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