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“Area of Concern”—My reference when creating todo list

When I’m making todo list items, I always go back to the following essay from Ryan Singer to remind me the areas of concern.

Link: Managing Product Development by Integrating Around Concerns 

The natural approach most people take at this point is to divide the work by role. They create a “design” todo list and a “programming” todo list.

The problem with this approach is nobody can glance at these two lists and absorb a “state of the world” from them. They don’t correspond to a map.

Here is the same todo list refactored to show areas of concern instead of division of roles:

Todo concern example by Ryan Singer

Todo concern example by Ryan Singer


Published on January 4, 2016. More articles like this: App Development, Clip & Quote, Productivity.

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