Mr. Joule, How did you come up with Joule?

Suppose you are a manager, you have serious doubts about the efficiency and sincerity of the people who report to you. How do you find out whether they are working sincerely or not? How do you measure the work done?

All physics guys and anyone who loves PJs would have shouted JOULE by now πŸ˜› But we’ll let their momentary lapse pass and get back to the serious business of measuring work 😐

The first thought anyone (non-Physics guys and PJ-haters, well anyone who is not adapt enough to come up with a PJ within seconds – sorry make that nanoseconds – will be termed as a PJ-hater) would have is check the hours person X puts in. Well this may give the hours one puts in sitting in front of the computer. But this also includes the hours devoted to chatting, playing solitaire & minesweeper (Ok, ok… I don’t adhere to any specific religion & belief as Nirnimesh says, so…) & ksnake & maelstorm. So this is not a proper scale to measure the actual work one does. 😦

Next you would think – Loc! (“Why not Border?” one may ask… But my dear movie freak here we are talking about Lines-of-Code) Well the first criteria for LoC to work is that the code should at least compile! Its proper execution is an altogether different issue… (How I’d love to execute all my codes, not the run-execute but the kill-execute… See again I am digressing… I keep flying off at a tangent, but moving in circles is boring. Tangents and chords (β™« musical ones especially β™ͺβ™«) are what make anything interesting) Ok, coming back on track… LoC can be modified, after all what’s the use of /* gibberish.. blah.. blah.. */? So this way to measure work also does not work. 😦

So how does one measure work? Lets observe the things around.. A computer, phone, wastebasket, a scribbling pad.. Wait! A wastebasket, now this thing just sits somewhere nearby (the distance depending on how good you are at basket-ball, just here the basket is not hanging from the sky but is resting firmly on the ground)… Hard work means concentration, which means refueling, which means tea & coffee, and of course you need some place to throw the tea & coffee mugs. Well well well… Aren’t we geniuses? We have the perfect funda of measuring work! πŸ˜€ An overflowing wastebasket would mean that you are working hard, really hard… (Or simply, you are having a small waste-basket, use your neighbour’s waste-basket too!) Litter in wastebasket is directly proportional to work done! πŸ™‚

Ok got to run, have to apply for patent of this idea!

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10 Responses to “Mr. Joule, How did you come up with Joule?”


  1. 1 mythalez October 19, 2005 at 6:18 pm

    Liked this post :).
    A small prob with ur *to-be-patented* idea :D. Wat if the person concerned is not using paper? But, keys in .. i.e the digital method and hence not waste paper πŸ˜€

  2. 2 Rakesh Kumar October 20, 2005 at 10:55 am

    Hmmmm… time for a coffee break .. want to add another empty mug in my waste basket

  3. 3 Sreejith October 20, 2005 at 11:17 am

    Absolutely hilarious πŸ™‚ what a wonderful metric!

  4. 4 Kunal October 20, 2005 at 4:34 pm

    @mythalez
    Dude a prob with the prob… I am unable to understand it.. :-/

    @rakesh
    hmmm.. so you are working hard.. πŸ™‚ keep the waste-basket overflowing

    @sreejith
    thanku thanku πŸ˜€

  5. 5 anonymous October 20, 2005 at 5:52 pm

    if your theory is right, I should build good rapport with the guy who cleans my garbage can, instead of my manager since he has the first hand information about the amount of work (or equivalently, the amount of garbage) that I produce. I’m enlightened πŸ˜‰

  6. 6 sandeep October 21, 2005 at 2:38 pm

    hehehe..good one..vaise i tried one more thing πŸ˜‰ .. take some printouts..staple them in 2-3 sheets each and throw them on ur desk…throw! to add random ness..and then whenever someone asks for info..rather than searching on computer..fiddle with papers :D..it works man!

  7. 7 Kunal October 21, 2005 at 2:45 pm

    @anon
    Well do one thing.. next time ask your manager to go through your garbage and there… you have built your rapport with your manager!

    @sandeep
    dude, nice idea.. πŸ™‚ let me get some printouts..

  8. 8 Curtis mctagger February 20, 2006 at 9:09 am

    how

  9. 9 Curtis mctagger February 20, 2006 at 9:09 am

    howwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  10. 10 Curtis mctagger February 20, 2006 at 9:10 am

    like to move it move it


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