Rands In Repose: Trickle Theory

Rands In Repose: Trickle Theory

My advice is: START.
“But Rands… I’ve got three hundred tests to run and one day to…”
Stop. Go run one test. Now.
“Wait, wait, wait. Rands. Listen. They need this spec tomorrow @ 9am….”
Shush. Quiet. Go write. Just a paragraph. Now.
Welcome to Trickle Theory.

I first encountered this in the context of ripping CDs. A friend had a huge CD collection that he wanted as MP3s. He’d take 6-7 discs to work every day and rip them on his laptop while working on his desktop. The whole process took three months, but it got done, a Trickle at a time.

I’m currently working through creating a patch description in our patch tracking database. There are over a 100 defects, and each one takes about 5 minutes to process through the system. So I do 5 or 10 a day. As of today, I have 20 left.

Go read up on Trickle Theory. It works.

posted at 11:32 am on Friday, September 29, 2006 in Links, Personal | Comments (3)


  1. wjr says:

    Hm, would that be me you’re referring to?

    Yep, it works. It can make some tasks take a long time – but they will get done. As long as the pipe isn’t filling from the other end faster than you’re draining it… my music buying slowed down a lot.

  2. chk says:

    um yes; that was you ripping CDs :)

  3. This is a great article. Thanks for posting that link. I’ve also added this blog to my feed. :-)

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