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Description: When people take their work from a shared list, some people will choose the easiest activities since they can be completed quicker and easier. This will especially be the case, if the individual is subject to measures / KPIs or the individual is not experienced / skill enough to tackle other items. Methods of avoiding cherry picking are: allocating work rather than allowing people to pick, rating the difficulty of items, providing incentives / rewards for picking difficult items, applying measures across a team rather than individuals. Sometimes it is appropriate to cherry pick. If for example, a list is becoming too large, and it's difficult to see the scale of the total amount of work, then dealing quickly with a large number of smaller, easier items brings more clarity. A related term is: low hanging fruit - i.e. those smaller, simpler items.




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