Polish

May 10th, 2006

Recently, one part of the project I’m working on entered the polishing phase – the major features are already developed, only some fixing and tweaking remains. Curiously, I find that my productivity decreased significantly in the last few days: The tasks I have to accomplish are much smaller so they get done faster, but therefore I have to switch gears a lot more, too. I suspect that it comes down to the same effect as with Focus, and that doing a number of small tasks takes longer because you get out of the flow when finishing up something and starting something different.
Perhaps an important consequence of this is that if you are measuring your productivity at the start of the project, you have to be careful about the scope of the conclusions you draw from these; it might be possible that you will have a different workload towards the end of your project and such the numbers you got back then will not be accurate anymore.

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