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bio website thomasjowens.com
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I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in May 2011. I currently work for UTC Aerospace Systems in Massachusetts. My full CV is available on StackOverflow Careers and LinkedIn.

My professional interests include software project management, software engineering process, software measurements and metrics, leadership, and professionalism in software engineering. I'm also a casual student of psychology and sociology, especially as they apply to a business context. Personally, I have taken up photography as a hobby. I'm also a casual gamer.


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revised When I'm going back to an old complex project, how can I restore my focus and motivation?
Cleaned up the title to make it into an explicit question. Minor edits to the body for cleanup.
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comment Symbols/Icons for Note Taking
Do you plan on sharing these notes with other people? I'm just curious as to why you are looking for symbols that have meaning for others.
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comment How to efficiently make a hard decision?
Can you add specific, relevant details and/or a summary of the article? In the event the site (or that page) is ever down or someone can not reach it, the value of this post immediately drops to 0.
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comment Under the Pomodoro Technique, what should I do if I know something will interrupt a pomodoro?
@Shady It would have an impact when I apply analysis techniques to the estimates. I'm working on trying to combine Pomodoro with GTD and the Personal Software Process. In order to be effective, I do need to consistently estimate in the same number of units or find some way to estimate portions of a Pomodoro.
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comment How to efficiently make a hard decision?
You probably do have a process that you follow, but it's just not formalized. It's just who you are and how you think. The first step to improving a process (any process) is to first understand your current process and identify the weaknesses.
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comment Under the Pomodoro Technique, what should I do if I know something will interrupt a pomodoro?
I have various meetings, and they are usually scheduled a week in advance. Some are bureaucratic (all hands meetings). Others (project meetings, program meetings, reviews/inspections) vary in intensity a as things happen in the project/program and we are briefed on their impact and new tasks that have arisen at them, so it's hard to predict going in, but these are typically meetings where I do need to be an active participant.
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comment Under the Pomodoro Technique, what should I do if I know something will interrupt a pomodoro?
@Shady The only problem with that is how I deal with estimation (I have been estimating time to task completion in Pomodoros) if my Pomodoros aren't equal length. If I start changing Pomodoro length, that really doesn't work out anymore.
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comment How to discern between actionable items and someday/maybe?
I'm not sure how "GTD" my idea is. As a software engineer, I have experience with the agile methods, and I'm using a combination of GTD and Pomodoro Technique to manage my own time and tasks. I'm still fine tuning everything, and figuring out what works best at work, what works best on personal projects, and what just doesn't work at all. I should probably start blogging about it at some point...
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comment Under the Pomodoro Technique, what should I do if I know something will interrupt a pomodoro?
I think the second represents work that falls into the category of "organization". Preparing for the day and any activities (such as the meeting) in terms of material and supplies, notes, dealing with email early, putting in requests for information, assigning tasks to others, and so on are things that need to be done and enable other work would count as a Pomodoro. I just haven't figured out how to track that effort effectively. I think tracking portions of a Pomodoro might lead to problems (as in, "why can't I track portions of any uninterrupted Pomododo? what makes this special?")
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comment Under the Pomodoro Technique, what should I do if I know something will interrupt a pomodoro?
How would you record either of these options? Treat it as an unfinished Pomodoro or somehow record it as a shortened Pomodoro? The reason I'm asking is because I'm actually working on extending the Pomodoro Technique with some of the more detailed estimation techniques and statistical analysis from other time management techniques.
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