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Productivity versus efficiency

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Currently you will find that many architects are being asked to work on productivity drives. The main reason for this is the the raging of the worldwide population and the fact that business growth will mainly happen in terms of productivity. Given the horrible state of productivity we are in at most countries it is quite easy to see gains realised very fast. 

The three biggest problem factors with productivity are usually found in the lack of infrastructure to the place of work, where many of us are wasting the most productive hours in commenting. The second big waster of productivity is in distraction such as email interrupting work, where we as architects need to supply solutions to enable a longer concentration span on any given task. Finally the other productivity waster is the time we are spending away from work at work. So when we have to arrange for certain things to be organised that can only be done in business hours. Traditionally all these problems were ignored as the answer was usually found in throwing more resources at any given problem, but because of the working population shrinking this will get problematic so new patterns will need to be developed.

However productivity is not the same as efficiency and sometimes a very efficiency can mask a low productivity. Efficiency means that you are able to perform any given task in in shorter timeline than others. The efficiency is often down to the advantage of the right electronic systems to help you or due to superior processes. Efficiency is architects traditionally have covered and usually done an excellent job in covering. Efficiency also includes the fact that work is only done once in an organisation, which without architects covering the many silos is not really a given. The important part for us as architects is just that we ned to distinguish efficiency from productivity as we are good in delivering the former, but we will be called to help to deliver the later.

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