Time Boxing

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Time Boxing

Time boxing is a technique whereby a box of time is allocated for a specific activity or task. This allocation is based more on a requirement than just on guesswork. For example, a project team may have two (and only two) weeks to build a prototype. At the end of the two weeks, work on the prototype stops, regardless of whether the prototype is 100 percent complete.

Used effectively, time boxing can help focus the project team’s effort on an important and critical task. The schedule pressure to meet a particular deadline, however, may result in long hours and pressure to succeed. Used inappropriately or too often, the project team members become burned out and frustrated.

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