And the word of the day is… docragination

on May 19, 11 • by Helen Abbott • with No Comments

I came to the practice of procrastination late in life. I was always one of those annoying people who arrived for appointments early, handed in assignments early, went to bed early. Becoming a full-time working parent drove me to the dark side. Now I’m routinely late — late for exercise classes, late going...

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Procrastination: I'll find a picture for it later

I came to the practice of procrastination late in life. I was always one of those annoying people who arrived for appointments early, handed in assignments early, went to bed early.

Becoming a full-time working parent drove me to the dark side.

Now I’m routinely late — late for exercise classes, late going to bed, late getting the kids to daycare.

My forgetfulness factor has increased about 26-fold too. I’ve always been a list-maker, but now I have a few sayings that my husband is sick of: If it’s not in my calendar, it’s not getting done. If it’s not on the grocery list, it’s not going to show up in the fridge.

My work equivalent: If it’s not in XPlanner, it’s not getting done.

However, I’ve also discovered that adding tasks to XPlanner is a necessary but not sufficient condition for something getting done. Ever so occasionally, I’ll realize that a task in my slightly overlong list of tasks for the iteration should have been done… yesterday.

In my pre-kid years (which incidentally and unfortunately coincided with the days of larger doc teams), that just didn’t happen. I had sufficient brain space to accommodate what needed to be done.

My colleague Patti and I decided to elevate this practice of procrastination in agile documentation by giving it a name:

DOCRAGINATION.

Fortunately, in my latest slip into docragination, I got away with it: I wasn’t the only reason for another software build.

As I get older, I’m growing more certain that procrastination in general is not always a bad thing. There’s something to be said for waiting, listening, processing — even sleeping on it — instead of rushing in and finishing.

Patti just reminded me of another of my annoying sayings: What doesn’t get documented today won’t have to be revised later.

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