Yes, we value focussed attention time but there's also a myth that programmers somehow ned more focussed attention than other knowledge workers. We propagate this myth because it makes us feel special. But most of that need for focus is caused by not breaking the problem into small enough chunks, so we have to keep a bunch of stuff in our head. If you're always in the middle of something massive, any interruption is incredibly irritating. If you break your work into small enough chunks, you have many natural breaking points where you can make time for interacting with coworkers.
This talk goes into that problem, ad it's my favorite programming-related talk right now.
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