I use the term Timebox when the following applies:
- I determined beforehand a particular point in time when it starts.
- I determined beforehand a particular point in time when it ends.
- I determined beforehand a particular activity that I will focus on.
A successful Timebox is when I start at the time that I had determined (1), end at the time that I had determined (2) and only focus on the task that I had determined (3). As Timebox considered, it is irrelevant what, how much and with what quality I produce.
There are alternatives to limit the time.
- We can restrict the scope: pick blueberries in the woods until the bucket is full.
- We can limit the quality: search the greengrocery until you have found a really good tomato.
- We can limit the cost: shop christmas gifts until your wallet is empty.
All four approaches have pros and cons.