When you’re sitting in someone’s office, your dev manager may have little understanding of exactly what you’re doing at any point in time. But there’s an incredibly basic (and… ignorant) “metric” that many in-person managers use to “gauge” your efforts: They simple see you working. As ridiculous as that sounds, the sad truth is that, for many managers, their primary “metric” for gauging your productivity is simply that they can walk by your desk and see that you’re… umm, working? They may not be tied into the actual work you’re doing. But at an extremely basic level, they can look up from their own desk and see that you’re… typing? Coding?? Doing something???