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Programmers on GTD, prioritizing
Merlin Mann | Sep 19 2004
Ted Leung points to two great posts related to aspects of GTD from a programmer's perspective.
I think it's going to be neat to watch how coders and engineers dissect and remix the basic GTD process outside the limits of manila folders and "@internet" check lists.
Lately, I keep thinking how "next actions" in particular remind me of "Yesterday's Weather" and "You Aren't Gonna Need It" in eXtreme Programming. That idea that you want to stay focused on the very next thing and not get sidetracked by a Big Design Up Front that doesn't account for practical details, your instincts or, uh, reality. (Oddly, it also reminds me of Eisenhower's classic of Project Management: "The plan is nothing: planning is everything.")
Like I said the other day, this is a system that has been heavily refined for the needs of desk jockeys and managerial types. To watch how the basic principles of flow, prioritization, and review get hacked on by nerds should continue to make for fascinating and instructive reading.
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