What constitutes a Timebox, anyway?

What constitutes a Timebox, anyway?

I use the term Timebox when the following applies:

  1. I determined beforehand a particular point in time when it starts.
  2. I determined beforehand a particular point in time when it ends.
  3. 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.

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