"midrange" wrote:

>We are entertaining the idea of telecommuting.  
>Are there any tools on the 400 or any third party 
>tools that will allow you to monitor programmer
>activity in the system?

This topic has been aired several times in the past.  I think a fair
synopsis is that if one could automate "personnel management" there would no
longer be a need for managers.

For example, I take great pride in the fact that I perform very few compiles
and that my test runs are carefully scripted - all so I don't use excess
machine cycles (I started at a stingy company!)  I also use Code/400 to edit
my code.  Together, this means that my AS/400 jobs show less activity than a
junior programmer using SEU and a "change one thing, compile and test"
methodology.  Yet I manage to get the job done.  My bosses know this, but
the job accounting logs don't show much in the way of machine activity...

I would think that managing a contract programmer would be fairly easy since
she has well defined tasks and timelines.

Buck Calabro
Aptis; Albany, NY
"Nothing is so firmly believed as
 that which we least know" -- Michel Montaigne
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