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Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management

Sharpen the Saw

We usually work under pressure of time. We’re late with deliveries, customers squeeze us with deadlines etc. In the run to complete task as soon as possible we often forget out tools have become worn and it’s time to sharpen the saw. And it doesn’t really matter if your tool is a saw or a brain.

Take several minutes to actually design the important fix before coding it.

Think how to verify if all scenarios have been covered with the new function.

Spend a quarter thinking where communication between PMs can be improved.

Or better. Make use of some free time to leave the work behind. Because there’s one way to sharpen your brain – let it have some rest.

And let it be my wishes for you on Christmas – have some rest and distance to all professional issues.

in: personal development

2 comments… add one

  • H. Peter Schiller December 24, 2007, 10:26 am

    Good idea on sharpening the saw by letting your mind rest. That’s not how the idea of sharpening the saw is usually promoted.

  • Pawel Brodzinski December 25, 2007, 4:35 am

    That’s something I’ve learned over years. Sometimes it’s even better to take a break during hot period at work, just to get back with the new ideas and enthusiasm restored.

    And this year’s exceptionally long Christmas holidays in Poland (5 days) gives a natural chance to take that brake.

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