Refining Our Backlog Triggers an Ambivalent Feeling

Too Many Tasks Crying for Action Prevent Us From Acting

There is no limit to how many useful ideas we can come up with.

All humans are equipped with a prefrontal cortex. This region of the brain enables us to generate more potential tasks than we have time to complete. Joseph Juran coined the term The Pareto Principle — a.k.a. the 80/20 rule — meaning that a minority of these tasks create a majority of the impact. The few vital tasks create almost all the value. Even though the other 80 percent are useful, it seems tempting to permanently skip them.

Be brave, even though tidying triggers an ambivalent feeling.

At first thought, there may seem to be no compelling reason to get rid of an individual useful task. When we consider the whole, however, we realize that we need to de-clutter the backlog on a regular basis. That statement is true even if it hurts.



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Staffan Nöteberg

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