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Summary

On this episode we have Peter Buck, VP, Product Strategy at NetDocuments. The core of the conversation focuses on tackling multi-teaming - the effects of having multiple people working on multiple projects simultaneously. We pivot then to focus on productivity, discussing how it can be measured and the impact of constant context switching, discussing against the background that it takes one around 25 minutes to reach full productivity, but people are interrupted every 3 minutes!

Be sure to check the full show notes for links to articles and books mentioned in the episode.

Show Notes

On this episode we have Peter Buck, VP, Product Strategy at NetDocuments. The core of the conversation focuses on tackling multi-teaming - the effects of having multiple people working on multiple projects simultaneously. We pivot then to focus on productivity, discussing how it can be measured and the impact of constant context switching, discussing against the background that it takes one around 25 minutes to reach full productivity, but people are interrupted every 3 minutes!
  • Art (culture and perception) and science (data and engineering supporting the argument) of product design
  • Multi-teaming: people working on multiple projects simultaneously, which has many benefits as well as many risks. How does this affects knowledge professionals
  • Who’s feeling the pain from constant context switching
    • Multi-teaming is more prominent with seniority
  • How to structure teams to minimize destructive conflict
  • Measuring productivity = output as a function of input 
    • Jamie Teevan’s research looking into micro-productivity as a way to leverage micro-moments throughout one’s day
  • It takes almost 25 mins to reach full productivity, but you’re interrupted every 3 minutes
  • Twitter: @backofthenapkin 
  • LinkedIn: Peter Buck 

Reading list 

Article: https://hbr.org/2017/09/the-overcommitted-organization
Resource: Dr. Jamie Teevan information and publication
Resource: Marc Weiser vision for ubiquitous computing
Book: Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos

What is Fringe Legal?

Fringe Legal is a podcast discussing the future of the legal profession. Aimed at law firm leaders and influencers, each episode is a thoughtful discussion with a diverse range of voices about ideas impacting the evolution of the legal profession.

Along the way, we’ll learn about challenges to be overcome, what’s worked in the past, and expert tips on what could make a difference in the future.