Most people’s view of productivity comes from an industrial age view of work. This leads to some fundamental misconceptions about work, including some of these:
- If you work more hours, you get more work done.
- Adding more people to a team means you can finish sooner.
- Productivity is more or less constant and can be easily scheduled.
For knowledge workers, i.e. anyone who works with information rather than physically producing stuff, these notions are not only wrong, they’re actively harmful.