Office Hours and Conformity? – No. Delivery is King!

During one of my CSM classes, I was discussing with a student that her company still has office hours and they are “required” to be online at 9AM…

In our new world, why is this still a thing? (Unless you actually have a meeting at 9AM… which changes the context)…

I find it fascinating that in many corporate contexts that: conformity equates to productiveness (in terms of perception).

This is not true.

In Agile, our most powerful evidence of effort is delivery.

Don’t miss this point. Almost nothing else matters.

  • Progress
  • Status
  • Sign Offs
  • Productivity metrics
  • Performance metrics
  • Trends
  • Graphs
  • Pie charts
  • Reports

I could go on and on… but none of that matters.

Ask yourself a powerful question.

Would you rather tell your leadership/CEO/executive/manager that:

“We are working hard.”


“We have delivered something, would you like to review it?”

Delivery is everything. Progress means nothing. Deliver fast. Validate your assumptions fast.

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    1. When we rented a new space from, we decided to run a small experiment in an hour team. Previously our working hours were from 9 AM to 6 PM EST. We decided to make our free schedule between 7 AM to 11 PM, with one rule 5 hours to be straight and mandatory of work. The results were impressive, the productiveness in our team increased by 30 %, and right now, we are oriented in increasing it even more by adding some small motivation changes in the payment scheme.

      1. Your point about the persistence of traditional office hours in a new world is thought-provoking. The focus on delivery in Agile is a powerful reminder that conformity doesn’t necessarily equate to productivity. It’s time for a shift in mindset where tangible results take precedence