Sep 08

hecticHave you ever found yourself in the situation were you are working on several different projects at the same time and you also have a lot of other tasks that need your attention? I have experienced this quite a few times and found some techniques that still enables me to work efficient in these periods.

In this post I will share my most important techniques I use to cope with this.

Don’t stress

First of all do not focus on how much work you have to do in a limited time. This will only set your mind in a panic like situation were you are worrying more about the work that needs to be done than actual doing it. It is no need to stress, relax and focus on the one task your are working on at the moment. It is not the end of the world if you don’t have time to do all your tasks.

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Mar 07

smileySoftware development is like all other business driven by money. The overall goal for all projects is to get as much as possible done at the lowest possible cost. And off course the quality and functionality must be high. Due to this the project managers constantly asks them selves how to get the project members increase their efficiency. My simple answer to this is keep your developers happy!

By happy I don’t mean that the developers should be playing around at the office… This is more focused on the mind set. So what is a happy developer? Developers are different just like all other human beings but in my opinion there are several common factors that will apply to the majority of them.

Let the developers:

  • Be involved from a early phase of the project
  • Take part in scoping and estimating the project
  • Feel that they hava a part in the project
  • Be creative
  • Focus on their tasks and use some extra time when needed
  • Be involved in choosing methodology (Scrum, XP etc.)
  • Speak freely and listen to what they have to say

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