Friday, January 8, 2010

Todd's Productivity Standard

We used to send TPS reports at the end of every week. It was a list of all the work we'd done. There was a bit of grumbling when the idea of being held accountable for our work was pitched, but we gave in since they paid us to be there. The name "TPS Report" was borrowed from the movie Office Space. It's never clear what the acronym TPS means in that movie, but in our department it stood for "Todd's Productivity Standard." Todd was a guy who worked in our department. He wasn't lazy, but he also wasn't breaking down cubicle walls to get his work done. We therefore established the amount of work Todd did in an average week as our Productivity Standard, and we'd all have to at least do as much work as him.

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