What does not belong?

Another way to think about “everything in it’s place” is to look at “What does not belong?”

You can apply this simply in organizing a drawer in your home.   You can also apply this in backlog grooming at work.  Out of 50 things on my plate, what doesn’t belong?  What is extra that I’m working on that doesn’t advance my goal of working on the “very next most important thing for my customers?”

Next phase, “What is missing, what don’t I see?”

Tony Tam (Li Zhi)

Senior Principal Engineer @ Splunk, ImpactfulEngineer.org & SFBadminton.org