The Clean Coder, Chapter 9 & 10

This week, I read chapter 9 and 10 from the book title, The Clean Coder by Robert C. Martin. The focus of chapter 9: Time Management was how to manage your time effectively and efficiently in the workplace? How to deal with meetings and other chaos going on in office? Chapter 10: Estimation, covers an important topic closely relating to time management. Uncle Bob explains how professionals deal with commitment, estimation and honoring their commitment.

There were some great points pointed out in chapter 9 regarding time management. Some of the most interested points to me were: when to go, decline or leave a meeting; habits that can help and accelerate bringing back focus and getting important tasks done on time; and most importantly his explanation of the priority inversion.

I agree with the author saying that when a meeting gets boring, leave. I feel like there would be lots of meetings in the business world where it gets boring quickly and there would be people who might be able to politely excuse themselves and move on with their usual day, but I am wondering how would it turn out for people who are in an entry-level jobs or new to the environment. I mean… what if he/she has to be there the entire time, no matter what?

I really liked the three suggestions that can contribute to sharp mind and better performance: good night sleep, limited caffeine intake and muscle focus. I have personally tried these and it helps me enormously with my studies and daily life. I could not be more agree with the author when he said that muscle focus increases capacity for mental focus.

Author talks about priority inversion, when I read this part of the chapter I saw myself as one of the victim of this habit. Until this point, I did not know what I was doing, but after reading this chapter, it explained that I am engaging in an unprofessional behavior that is effecting me in ways that I don’t know how to control. From now on, I will be a professional. I will evaluate my priorities, disregard my personal fears and desires, and perform every tasks.

In chapter 10, uncle Bob explains the importance of estimation as commitment to a task. When professionals make a commitment then they are bound to honor that commitment. Professionals do not make commitments unless they are certain about getting it done. I believe there comes lots of responsibility and pressure on individual when they make a commitment. It means that he/she is willing to sacrifice everything that comes in the way of their commitment.

Lesson that I learned from these two chapters are to fight against priority inversion and avoid commitments unless I am 100% certain.

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