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Before arbitrarily drawing conclusions about software development, it would be necessary to actually run proper studies in this industry. It is simply not rational, or scientific, to apply the results of manufacturing-related studies to software development, when the nature of the work and the cognitive bottlenecks are completely different.

Based on anecdotal evidence, I would postulate that the average optimal workweek length for intellectual (and part-creative) work is significantly shorter than 40 hours (30 hours?), and probably varies wildly among individuals (while the optimal manufacturing workweek length is very stable over different individuals).

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