Over a million developers have joined DZone.

Respecting 'The Zone'

DZone's Guide to

Respecting 'The Zone'

· Java Zone
Free Resource

Learn how to troubleshoot and diagnose some of the most common performance issues in Java today. Brought to you in partnership with AppDynamics.

Respect when someone is "in the zone"! Don't disturb him if it's not necessary. The "context switch problem" is a known issue in the software development process. Zach Holman particularly mentioned this during his talk at this year's QCon. So what is it about? What's the "zone"??
You're coding, right? Do you know those times when you're extremely productive?? Usually when you're alone in the office or later in the evening when the others already left home?? It feels like you could rewrite the entire product in hours, right? It feels good!

And then there are those other situations, when you really need to finish that piece of software as other people are already waiting for you and you continuously get interrupted by your mates or by ad-hoc meeting requests, incoming IM messages etc...At the end of the day you mostly wrote a couple of lines and you're frustrated.

Zach Holman especially highlighted this during his presentation of "How Git Works" at QCon this year.

The best solutions happen when you're in the zone.

Therefore, they want developers to be in the zone (slide 54) as long as possible. At GitHub they go even further:
  • Minimize distractions
  • No technical meetings (no standup, daily or planning meetings)
  • No in-person distractions (instead, ping over chat)
  • No managers (they just distract )

Show you're in the zone!

While some of these concept might be difficult to realize in your day-to-day reality some should really be considered. Therefore, establish some kind of "respect for the zone". Clearly show your peers your currently "in the zone" and therefore you wouldn't like to be interrupted. How?
  • Wear a cap?
  • Take on your earplugs?
  • Add an IM status message?
It should be clear and understandable, though.

Respect others

And on the other side respect people being in the zone. Don't distract/interrupt them when it is not really necessary. We have async ways of communicating: email, IM pings...

Make sure you remain in the zone yourself!

But you also need to make sure you minimize distractions on your own. Prevent IMs from popping up, switch off all those social tools blinking and presenting you the latest activities of your peers, etc...Put on some music that helps you keeping focused.

Try to consider some of these aspects in your working environment!

Understand the needs and benefits around implementing the right monitoring solution for a growing containerized market. Brought to you in partnership with AppDynamics.


Published at DZone with permission of Juri Strumpflohner, DZone MVB. See the original article here.

Opinions expressed by DZone contributors are their own.


Dev Resources & Solutions Straight to Your Inbox

Thanks for subscribing!

Awesome! Check your inbox to verify your email so you can start receiving the latest in tech news and resources.


{{ parent.title || parent.header.title}}

{{ parent.tldr }}

{{ parent.urlSource.name }}