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Dave Mitchell
December 30, 2016 11:19
Re: DAVEM TPF grant#2 report #154,#155
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On Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 11:09:57AM +0100, Sawyer X wrote:
> I was wondering if there's a specific decision process you have for what
> you work on. Do you try to allocate a certain amount to tickets (based
> on type, maybe?) or do you have a priority list - or both?
> (This is not because of something you wrote. I'm just genuinely
> interested in the process. :)

I have fine intentions which don't normally survive first contact with
the enemy.

I try to maintain an overall arc across the year of doing 'big' stuff
early in the release cycle, then concentrate on fixing regressions and
getting smokes clean etc in the months leading towards the May release.

I tend to be swept off course by:

* having a quick look at a new ticket which then turns into something

* having a sudden idea which I have a "quick" look at;

* months' worth of fixing BBC tickets from "simple" changes earlier on in
the year;

* putting off things I've promised to do but are too big or horrific to
contemplate (like signatures);

* losing enthusiasm completely and reading reddit instead.

I have a Big List of Things To Do, split into various categories (like
optimisations, projects (signatures, implement HV vtables, etc), stuff to
do before 5.26 etc), and try to work on the bigger stuff when I have time
away from just keeping perl going.

You live and learn (although usually you just live).

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