TITLE: Less, Sooner AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: August 15, 2008 2:35 PM DESC: ----- BODY: Fall semester is just around the corner. Students will begin to arrive on campus next week, and classes start a week from Monday. I haven't been able to spend much time on my class yet and am looking forward to next week, when I can. What I have been doing is clearing a backlog of to-dos from the summer and handling standing tasks that come with the start of a new semester and especially a new academic year. This means managing several different to-do lists, crossing priorities, and generally trying to get things done. As I look at this mound of things to do I can't help being reminded of something Jeff Patton blogged a month or so ago: two secrets of success in software development, courtesy of agile methods pioneer Jim Highsmith: start sooner, and do less. Time ain't some magical quantity that I can conjure out of the air. It is finite, fixed, and flowing relentlessly by. If I can't seem to get done on time, I need to start sooner. If I can't seem to get it all done, I need to do less. Nifty procedures and good tools can help only so much. I need to keep this in mind every day of the year. Oh, and to you students out there: You may not be able to do less work in my class, but you can start sooner. You may have said so yourself at the end of last semester. Heck, you may even want to do more, like read the book... -----