Do you want to know how to irritate software engineers? Break their focus. Much of what we do is problem solving. Sometimes they are simple, but often they don't have an obvious solution. If we aren't able to focus on the problem at hand then solving it is harder than it should be.
I work in an open-office environment. There are only 4 of us in the room, but it can still be distracting. Someone is on a call. These two are catching up. Did he say my name?
I have tried every "focus" playlist Spotify recommended to me, but they all had a problem. Some were too slow and peaceful that I could fall asleep listening to them 😴. Others were catchy, but I find lyrics in music to be distracting.
I wanted something upbeat, not too crazy, no lyrics, but wouldn't put me to sleep. Enter the creatively named Music for Coding. 3 hours of music to drown out the noise when you need it the most. I have been using it for a few months and it hasn't let me down yet. If you are in the mood for something new and different then give it a try.
Enough distraction - back to that problem!