Writing Doable Tasks

On a project planning board on a wall, I recently saw this task:

Check-All-InterfacesThat is something that is easy to say in a meeting, but this is not a task. It is an amorphous blob of worry that nobody is going to do anything about, but everybody will feel bad about.

A real task is something that someone can actually do. If you really need to check all the interfaces, the first task in the “interface checking” sub-project is to write a list of all interfaces. That is a task you can assign to someone.