Practical Agility: Core Hours

When I worked with Industrial Logic back in 2006-2007, I was introduced to a hidden practice of Agile called Core Hours.

Many teams I’ve worked with over the years have had an agreement that all team members would be together for a certain portion of the day, possibly even working in the same physical area. This is good, but the Core Hours concept to which I was introduced takes the practice one step further.

During Core Hours, team members work on their primary project only from, for example, 9 am to 3 pm, with an hour for lunch. Yes, that’s only five hours per day. It’s also realistically how much people work in terms of actual time when you account for administrative tasks, dealing with family matters, working outside their main project, and so forth. We already know that multitasking is a fool’s errand, so why not allow people to focus for a set period of time in order to maximize their productivity? When you achieve that level of focus, you are in a a state of Flow according to Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. This state is also known as being in the zone or on fire.

via Practical Agility: Core Hours.