Here’s an idea that will help you save everybody’s time by applying constraints. Crunching your own time is easy. Just have a POWER HOUR, Four Day Work Week, or create a Seven Day Product.
To save others time, try time-boxing:
Time-boxing is “the setting of artificial time constraints for tasks like brainstorming and issue resolution. The objective is to cut down on exhaustive consideration of endless possibilities. With pressure to stay focused and disciplined, we can reduce the amount of time it takes to reach consensus.”
This idea comes from Ryan Freitas in an article comparing designers and chefs. For all four kitchen analogies, read the three page article Cooking Lessons for Designers (PDF 850K).
This is handy on a micro-scale for coding, especially when pairing. When we’re trying to find a solution to something, it’s nice to say, “we’re going to work on a solution to this for X minutes, and if haven’t got it figured out by then, we can revisit if it’s important enough to take this much time.”
The power hour is priceless. I’ve even used it in non-Adam’s office situations. Did you use power hour to write this article?
I bet this one was the “7 day project”