Categories: Project Management
It's that time of year again. You know what I mean. The time of year when you try to find your project team and ask yourself, "Why did I commit to a deadline between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve?"
For those of you who don't work with US teams, you probably have a similar experience around other holidays. I worked with a team located in Europe and found that August was not a good time for deadlines. Golden week, in China, is not the most productive time, either. Fortunately,we can account for these events in our schedule.
I'm finding that a bigger challenge is trying to run a distributed agile team with three sets of holidays. The running joke is that Argentina is always on holiday and Peru never gets a holiday. As long as the developers don't have urgent questions for the product owners, over US holidays, their productivity is not greatly affected. It's not actually hard, it just slows the work down, and we need to coordinate our release dates a little more carefully.
I enjoy what I do at work, and I also enjoy being able to step away from it, over the holidays, and focus on things other than project management. That's where I'm at, this year. Unlike the person in the video below, when I step away from work for the holidays, project management the last thing I want to think about (except for my blog, of course). You don't have to watch the video; it's just six minutes of someone's preparation for and execution of Thanksgiving, shown in Jira. Masochist.
If this is you and your holidays, I hope it's by choice. If I had to use project planning software to schedule my vacation, I would look forward to going back to work so that I could take a break. My only plan for the long weekend about to start is to smoke a turkey. Deboning it is a chore, but it is soooo worth it.
Whenever your holidays are, I hope you get to enjoy some combination of good food, good friends, family, and doing things you enjoy.