Day 17 - Tidy your PRs/Issues

Let’s go extra meta today.

Please spend 20 minutes tidying up your PRs/issues/tickets/whatever.

If something is irrelevant, close or delete it.

If it something is old but might still be relevant, see if you can move it toward completion (or deletion). Try this: “This issue is quite old. I’m going to delete this early next week unless someone objects. That okay with you @whoever?”

If something is new and relevant, but not actionable, see if you can add or track down the information required to make it actionable.

I recommend working from oldest to newest.

As always, remember that the point isn’t to clean up all the things, it’s to spend 20 minutes chipping away at them.


With 600+ open issues, I wasn’t able to make a huge dent… but it was definitely interesting to go back to the oldest (#911) and get some perspective on why some of these super old ones haven’t made the cut!

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Ours is a fairly small project and we use issues to communicate questions to the client. I had two that were sitting open and answered so I closed them. Down to zero issues!