One Hundred Paper Cuts

I just saw a reference to Ubuntu’s One Hundred Paper Cuts initiative. It’s basically a round-up of 100 minor but irritating bugs and oddities, with a goal to fix them for the next release. I must confess, I love this idea. It’s quite common to get bogged down in the big tasks and churn through them, while the little knock-off tasks pile up. And it matches up nicely with the “mini-sprint” concept we have at work, where we periodically identify a thematic group of long-standing, quick-fix bugs and spend a day knocking them down, often closing 100+ tickets in a day. “100 Papercuts” seems like a neat trick to keep in the back of your mind next time you’re looking to mix things up a bit and get a lot done.

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