I answer these questions with a question. What about a task board motivates us to get work done? The answer is: T.A.S.K.S. to DONE!
Inherent in the acronym TASKS is the point of all tasks, to get to done. That is the measure of if the task is the right size. Does it motivate us to get the work done? (see notes on Dan Pink's book: Drive - The surprising Truth about what motivates us) If we are forgetting to do some class of task then putting it on the board will help us remember. If we think some small task is being done by someone else, then putting it on the board will validate that someone else is actually doing it. If a task is obvious, then putting it on the board will take virtually no time and promote the well being of getting things done. If a task is too large it will never move to done.
|Sisyphean - adjective (of a task) such |
that it can never be completed.
The solution for this group was to realize that those epic tasks were a story or a class of work and after reforming the task board a bit, we made a minor improvement. Hey, that's what it's all about.
Oh... no, maybe that's the Hokey-Pokey.
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