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Monday November 29, 2004
01:55 PM

Monday Morning. All Tests Pass. Blah.

[ #22053 ]

I am really, really wishing that I'd left myself a failing unit test before the 4-day Thanksgiving weekend. Picking up the pieces this morning and answering "O.K., what's next?" took too long, even though I left a checklist of what to do next. A failing unit test might have jump-started the process by providing instant focus.

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  • Yes, having a test failure when I come into work on a Monday is always a great thing, assuming I'm in the middle of a project. It's an undervalued trick, I think.

  • Yep, and not surprising at all, despite not being obvious either.

    Leaving small loose ends on a project provides you with easy access to “the zone” by giving you a clearly defined thread of details to pick up one by one. You can follow it until the whole picture is in your head again. A thread that leads you into the labyrinth rather than out, if you will. :-)

    Thanks for the thought. :-)