Sprint Lessons

Two hours before we head home from work, we had a meeting with our boss to discuss things that happened in the last sprint. As a company engaged in developing software, we started adopting this project management approach to doing things.

Of course I don’t want to talk about coding and the likes of it, but allow me to share with you the immense power it has on me as the years go by and as we call it a day today.

Wednesdays are when we hold our sprint reviews to talk about our tasks, its status and progress, our achievements, our roadblocks. We basically talk about everything there had been in the past week.

As our boss was presenting, he mentioned the myth about multitasking and how it’s untrue. He said that truly we are only diminishing our ability to achieve more when we are doing too many things all at the same time.

He prodded on to explain that, in multitasking, we tend to lose momentum and instead we waste our time from switching to the tasks at hand. He gave exercises to prove the theory is indeed a fact.

As I reflect on what I did for the past week, I couldn’t help but agree to the claims. Had I been given the chance to focus on one thing, I would have done my task with quality and I would have done it productively.

I could have focused on diminishing spacing and designing issues head on, rather than putting them aside for the other tasks. I could have been more careful to consider testing the software before calling it done. My could-have list is endless.

Though a reality even my boss admitted, we can’t afford not to try to do multiple things at the same time sometimes. It’s a business demand. And given the fact that we are a startup, we have to make do with just the right and carefully chosen approach to doing things.

In a world where perfection is valued but reality of it being flawed and imperfect is less valued, our progress in creating and developing software is the right afterthought to this. Our progress is nonetheless the biggest win in every sprint. That for as long as we are not comfortable with the mediocre results, our flaws today are successes tomorrow. There is redemption in knowing the truth.

Finally, I went home inspired to be greater than today. To choose the least resistance. To be less perfect but improving.

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