The Project Groove
Musicians call it “the groove” or “playing in the pocket”. Athletes refer to it as being in “the zone”. Video game players don’t really talk about it--they just grunt at their spouses when they are interrupted trying to finish the level. And heaven help anybody who interrupts a computer programmer who is in the middle of debugging hundreds of lines of code at the end of the day.
Every job or task has its own patterns. There is something about being able to work in a predictable and repeatable pattern that helps people get their job done. Working in a groove is what makes the difference between a work day feeling like an eternity or like it passed in a blur. The “groove” is the difference between music that is disjointed and hurtful to the ears and music that you can dance to (how you dance, and whether you are willing to do it in public, is up to you…)
Unfortunately, project work is full of ups and downs that distract from regular patterns in work to be done. There are times during a project when work slows down and times when there is too much to be accomplished in the given time frame. After all, if everyone can get in a groove, then the whole project team can work together like a symphony, creating something together that exceeds the capabilities of individual instruments. This will not only keep the
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