Every year, Microsoft does a widespread poll to determine how people view their work environment, their compensation, etc.
One of the questions is something like, “Are you satisfied with your work-life balance?”
That tends to be a sore topic on the PM side. Perhaps a bit of an explanation is in order...
I've been trying to close down on a number of issues related to the compiler, get ready for a community review with my 4th level manager and his reports, and help firm up our relationship to Longhorn. Here's what it's meant for the last two days.
Tuesday, I got into the office at 7:30 and worked straight through to 6:30 PM. I went home, watched a bit of TV, and then worked for a couple of hours.
Today, here was my schedule
7-8 Bike ride (14.67 rides, 57 minutes) Hilly.9-10 Work on a summary email for a topic (yes, I spent a whole hour on a single email)10-11 C# PM meeting11-12 Meeting to discuss versioning12-12:30 Lunch12:30-1:00 Prep for a meeting1:00 - 1:30 Review meeting on a C# feature that I hope to be able to talk about in a week or so1:00 - 3:00 C# Language Design Meeting3:00 - 4:00 Write up design meeting notes (didn't get this done in the hour)4:00 - 5:30 Compiler bug triage5:30 - 6:30 Dinner6:30 - 8:00 Carpentry (we're doing some remodelling)8:00 - 10:30 Powerpoint slides, email, other issues
I realize that long hours aren't really a rarity in the tech industry, but even with that amount of time spent, I still have some things piling up.
That question didn't get a very high rating when I responded to the poll.