Secret ingredients to quality software

Do you use timeboxing to avoid wasted time?

Last updated by Tiago Araújo [SSW] on 07 May 2021 12:24 am (5 months ago) See History

Sometimes you can set a task or be given work that ends up taking much longer than expected. Timeboxing sets a time limit to a task, after which you must stop and move on.

Timeboxing allows you to give more context to a task by showing how much time (and therefore money) you are willing to spend. This typically applies to:

  • "Nice to Haves" - If it takes too long, don't worry about it
  • Risky tasks - I'm not sure this will even work, if you can't figure it out, don't worry about it
  • Unknowns - This could take 2 minutes or 2 days. If it takes too long don't worry about it

Time box: 1 hour.

Figure: Good Example. A timeboxing of one hour. Assignee should not spend more than the time allocated on this task

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