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This chapter is from the book What Should I Do Tomorrow?

What Should I Do Tomorrow?

Walk around your place of work. Notice

  • The convection currents of information
  • The drafts
  • The information radiators
  • The separate communities of practice
  • The background conversation complimenting or denigrating other groups in the organization


  • How you can improve the flow of information and reduce the erg-seconds required to detect and transmit critical information
  • If you can colocate your team
  • What it takes to partition the project so that teams are located around their communication needs


  • Removing partitions between people
  • Pair programming
  • Arranging for daily visits between programmers and business experts
  • Micro-touch intervention (people making small changes that they don’t mind making but that result in their pulling more in the same direction)
  • Listening to the words of someone in a different professional specialty according to her cultural norms, not your own
  • Translating between two subcultures in their own cultural terms

Observe the interaction between your methodology’s rules and your project’s ecosystem. Note the fits and the misfits and the influence of a few key individuals.

Consider what conventions or policies might improve the way in which your group gets things done. They may be conventions about seating, tools, working hours, process, lighting, meetings, anything.

Do this, and you are halfway to tailoring your methodology to fit your organization.

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