This Focused Performance Weblog started life as a "business management blog" containing links and commentary related primarily to organizational effectiveness with a "Theory of Constraints" perspective, but is in the process of evolving towards primary content on interactive and mobile marketing. Think of it as about Focusing marketing messages for enhanced Performance. If you are on an archive page, current postings are found here.
"A growing body of scientific research shows that one of jugglers' favorite time-saving techniques, multitasking, can actually make you less efficient and, well, stupider. Trying to do two or three things at once or in quick succession can take longer overall than doing them one at a time, and..."
... the not so obvious fact that it...
"...may leave you with reduced brainpower to perform each task."
Stupidity enhancement aside, this too common practice is at the root of a lot of poor project performance and difficulty in managing their successful delivery, as the task delays derived from context switching, and set-up/set-down activities force successor tasks to start later then they would otherwise be able to start.
Both Agile Software Methodologies and Critical Chain Project Management recognize this and both address the support of appropriate behaviors in their own way, which is one of the reasons I believe Critical Chain is an appropriate approach to manage projects that use agile approaches for managing tasks.
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