This has been referenced on some podcasts, but I'm not following the meaning. Can someone point me to a podcast or article on this? Thanks, Erik

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For any given task, a manager uses one third of the time available/alloted to plan how to tackle a project, and then gives a subordinate two thirds of the alloted time to accomplish the task. It's a pretty decent rule of thumb when you are on short deadline. If you have 6 hours, take 2 of them yourself to create your plan of attack, then give your folks 4 hours to execute. It keeps a manager from giving incomplete unthoughful directives (i.e. looking stupid).


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Walt is correct. We have a cast with some more detail coming out shortly.

This technique doesn't get a lot of press, but is really pretty powerful as a guideline.