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Software companies have the same difficulties in tracking employee time and attendance as other companies do, often dealing with the same concerns and the same technology shortfalls. Most company managers consider that time management is one of the greatest challenges they face, even in high-tech businesses.

The most time consuming duty of their workdays is often making sure that people are working on what they were assigned to work on. As with every other job site, there is a necessity in the high tech environment to track the amount of time that is spent on productive versus nonproductive work. The results of such a study are often quite surprising for companies and managers.

The most critical elements of any project are the ability to inform workers what tasks they have been assigned, and the ability to track where time was spent. Executives tend to estimate on the high side when they are looking at time spent on the job. They express expectations that most of employee work time is productive time. They are generally shocked when they learn that really only half or slightly more is productive work time. They are also dismayed to learn that the fault lies within their own project systems, not necessarily in employee dishonesty or intent. Corporate infrastructure can simply get in the way of employees spending all of their time productively and that seems to be a reality across company types or products that are produced.

One of these keys to helping employee productivity is to have systems and processes in place that minimize the time that employees will spend on red tape and administrative tasks. Some of this is automation, but another important part of this is having productive meetings and reports. Many employees spend their days attending long meetings where little seems to be accomplished. It is up to managers to reduce the number of meetings and to make sure that these meetings are efficient when they take place.

In terms of system creation, most managers advocate a graduated approach to deployment of enterprise project management methodologies. This type of approach allows organizations to ease in to culture changes at the same time they are realizing benefits from the project system. Graduated system adoption also allows employess to become more comfortable with the new methodology and to change the way they do things over time. They advise a graduated approach to making substantive changes in their own organizations and in others which they serve.

Getting back to and sticking with the basics is the general rule of thumb. Even in software production and management companies, the 80/20 rule applies. Twenty percent of the organization delivers eighty percent of the value and thats a hard statistic to refute or overcome. For the rest of the organization, this means finding out what the other part of the company has been doing correctly and then seek to adopt the successful methodologies and practices.




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