Free Time is Not Free


that free overtime is free is wrong. A company that chooses to ignore an employee's personal time and is willing to burn out its development teams may be following an acceptable business strategy if the bottom line accurately reflects turnover, recruiting, and training of replacement people. However, when free time is not included in project estimating, the wrong projects will be chosen and the company's return will be impacted.

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Ed Weller is an SEI certified High Maturity Appraiser for CMMI® appraisals, with nearly forty years of experience in hardware and software engineering. Ed is the principal of Integrated Productivity Solutions, a consulting firm that is focused on providing solutions to companies seeking to improve their development productivity. Ed is a regular columnist on and can be contacted at

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