Goldilocks sizer

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…a pile of work to be done.

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Working in flow is satisfying and productive. You forget about time while the work gets done and having fun. Working on similar-sized items facilitates flow.

Goldilocks is an interesting technique and basically doing the opposite of estimating: you shape the work into the desired sizes, preferably similar-sized items:

  1. Vote each item into one of three piles: “Too Big”, “Just Right”, and “Too Small”.
  2. Split any “Too Big” items into “Just Right”-sized ones.
  3. Group any “Too Small” items together into “Just Right”.

The Wikipedia » Goldilocks Principle applied to sorting stories reminds of potato grading machines that sort potatoes into different sizes.

Enjoy the flow.

Therefore:

Vote each item one of three piles: “Too Big”, “Just Right”, and “Too Small”. Split any “Too Big” items into “Just Right”-sized ones. Group any “Too Small” items together into “Just Right”. Enjoy the flow.

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Facts about "Goldilocks sizer"
Goalenjoy the flow that results from working on similar-sized items +
PearlSimilar-sized items +
SoSplit too big and join too small items into just the right size to enable flow. +
ThemeAgile +, Maneuver +, Lean + and Kanban +
WishWorking in flow is satisfying and productive. +