Managing Unplanned Work For Teams

Managing Unplanned Work For Teams


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Welcome to the "other interesting work" squad.

At the start of each development iteration, a lucky few are designated as the other-interesting-work squad. These guys are in reserve to work on "unplanned" items that will enter the work-stream but while there's nothing unplanned to work on, they get to do all the fun stuff, like

  • new platforms or frameworks the team has been wanting to investigate

  • competitive coding and proof-of-concept cage-matches

  • katas, continuing education or certification prep

  • codebase care-and-feeding, implementing that shiny new CI pipeline feature

The OIW-squad trades out these tasks for unplanned work as new items enter the iteration. The unplanned intake can be the priority, but why not have a little fun along the way ๐Ÿ˜‰