Welcome to the end of 2019 week 44. This week’s focus was on time wasters. Things that we do everyday without even noticing that take our time away from other more important tasks.
Here is a quick summary of what happened.
📅 Monday: An inexpensive way to gain more time.
LEAN WASTE #1 : Task-switching and context-switching are costing us time.
We humans believe that we are great at multitasking, even though it has been proven time and time again that we are really really bad.
Intrinsically we know this. We even get angry when someone interrupts us …
📅 Tuesday: Want to get more time? Do that hard task now.
Procrastination towards hard tasks keeps us hooked on task-switching between what we like and what we dislike.
Unlike some productivity gurus, I am a firm believer that we should do what we don’t like before. Get it out of the way, and then we can properly focus and enjoy the things we like to do.
📅 Wednesday: How to unlock the value of a definition of ready.
Not using it as a gate, but as a communication tool towards your product team.
This is an on-going battle for the agile community. Should we have or not a definition of ready?
📅 Thursday: Parallelization is a hoax, do one thing at a time.
LEAN WASTE #2 : We need to finish what we start before picking up something new. Partially done work provides zero value and keeps us task-switching.
Partially Done work. Some say this is self-explanatory, but I believe it is a bit more complex.
📅 Friday: How to do less work and skyrocket your productivity?
LEAN WASTE #3 : Spend time figuring out what matters instead of doing more stuff.
This is a clear case of effectiveness vs efficiency. We have the best code ever. 100% test coverage. A dream pipeline that delivers everything to production without a single bug. If no one is going to use it after, we just wasted our time.
💡 Saturday: This is what I’ve learned this week.
A retrospective of the week that passed and what I’ve learned from it.
Hello everyone, one more week gone and another about to start.
So far a good start of the weekend. I am writing this post with a sunny day, something that is not very common in the Netherlands at this time of the year.