Posted by kenhoward on December 5, 2008
The same thing happens when we hoard work. If I grab a handful of tasks and only work on one or two at a time, I could be blocking others from pitching in to help with the ones that are just sitting there. Granted, everyone else on a project team may likely be working on some of the tasks they nabbed…but what if their time would be better spent on the pending tasks in my queue?
This gets to the heart of the reasoning behind meeting as a team daily and pulling work from the backlog that is doable that day and only that day. For tasks that multiple team members are qualified to complete, it allows the highest priority tasks to get continuously burned down. If tasks requiring specialized skills possessed by few team members start stacking up, it provides an opportunity to pull in additional help to eliminate the bottleneck. Ain’t it sweet?