At LKNA13 in Chicago this year I listened to @JoshuaKerievsky talk about #techsafety.
He made me think about quite a few aspects of safety and injuries for a programmer. Here’s a few quotes and elements:
safety on team (ref own dev competence)
«working with CVS is hurting my soul.»
safe from uncertain work situation
safe to deploy – bugs, crash
safe from pressure – politics, policies
Emotional Injuries: Schedule Stress, Lost Respect, Fear of Failure, Torn Trust, etc
What’s interesting is his claim that having #techsafety as a primary value would be profitable and produce outstanding results. I think I buy into that, even if he hasn’t had time to prove it yet with his own company, @IndustrialLogic.
Last week I looked at my overgrown todo list, or rather several lists, and preparation for a demo at work was coming up, and I have a long trip to prepare for… So I simply had to create a personal kanban on the cupboard behind me: Collaboration on the demo preparation led to tasks on the board, and I took the most important and urgent tasks from my todo lists onto the board. I used a form of priority filter, with a generic todo column to the left, then a “soon”/today column, then the usual doing and done columns. It worked really well to let tasks float up and to the right in the todo columns, kind of like bubbles. I got an immediate impression of relative urgency (more to the right) and relative importance (upwards), making it very easy to decide what the next task should be when I finished a task.