Efficiency and Effectiveness and some thoughts about it

What caught my attention recently: Efficiency vs. Effectiveness

Early enough to learn to code efficiently
Figure: Early enough to learn to code efficiently.    flickr

I heard a talk from a fellow Scrum trainer that led me dig more into these 2 terms: "efficiency" and "effectiveness".
The way I remember them is

“Being effective is about doing the right things, while being efficient is about doing the things right.”

Ask yourself:

  • Which one is more important? “efficiency" or "effectiveness”
  • Which one should you focus on?
  • Which one could be improved in your project?
  • How do you measure those two? 

 Are you doing something efficiently? Should you focus more on effectiveness?
Figure: Are you doing something efficiently? Should you focus more on effectiveness?
Picture taken from Henrik Kniebergs slide deck: "The Thinking Tool Called Agile” –> Check it out

 

Some links to dig into that topic

The difference between "efficiency" and "effectiveness".
http://www.dailyblogtips.com/effective-vs-efficient-difference/

Outsourcing and efficiency/effectiveness
http://gfader.tumblr.com/post/32512202396/do-not-outsource-your-software-development

The 3 Pillars of Personal Effectiveness
http://gfader.tumblr.com/post/29116159986/minibook-the-3-pillars-of-personal-effectiveness

 


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