Hmmm, im supprised that you americans are OK with your boss monitoring
you like this.
Here in Norway this would in most cases not be accepted by the
designers and engineers.
What can you possible read from the time spendt on a part anyways?
isnt? engineering more than creating features in a CAD tool?
Also, in some circumstances if engineer A spends 6 hours making a part
that engineer B spent 2 hours on making the same on, either a pay
scale would be created based on his/her ability, or a pink slip would
Personally, I like to turn the model on and then take a 4 hour coffee break.
The model is open and accruing time, but I'm not doing any work.
OK, I'm being facetious, but I've found a watch or wall clock and a little
notebook next to my computer is still the best time keeper for tracking
hours worked on a specific job.
Sounds like a dangerous incentive system. I can produce crap models as
quickly as anyone else but the reverse is not often true.
GOD! What is next, the number of "clicks" you make within Pro/E???
What a joke!
I would encourage your manager to look for something else to measure.
I can produce a rock 3x faster than the the next guy; the real question
is the "quality" and "flexability" of the results you produce. If it
takes 4 hours to produce a flexible and robust model the first time,
and 30 seconds to yield a brand new design the second (with
documentation already done) - which is more valuable to the company?
I think your boss needs to reconsider his metrics and methods - very
quickly... This is not a meaningful endeavor - seriously. Well,
unless you are in a job "drilling holes in sheet metal all day."
It also sounds like your company has poor modeling standards if you
have that much variation in modeling of the same thing amongt users. I
would focus on that first before pushing pink slips to people...