Most of us find ourselves multitasking at some point and are possibly even proud of our multitasking skills. Here is one game that was created by Tobias Mayer with collaboration from Alan Cyment and introduced to me by Gerry Kirk and Yves Hanoulle at SDEC11 that allows you to simulate the actual costs of task switching. The game involves pairing up to perform three different simple but coordinated tasks and comparing your times and experiences after using both multitasking and single tasking processes. It generates a lot of laughs and a lot of excellent discussion.
Exposing the myths of multitasking and demonstrating the costs of task switching. Tips and links for avoiding multitasking.
When your team is ready for it, this is a great game for starting the discussion on multitasking (personal and project) and how to change.
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