Ensure that someone on the team is making progress on the primary task
There are many tasks that a project needs to deal with. †Avoid having non-primary tasks dominating the teamís time.† †Ensure that someone on the team is making progress on the primary task.
You need to pay attention to every task, including small diverting ones. But you also need to complete the primary task by an important date.
There are specializations of this pattern: DevelopingInPairs - one person can always take the keyboard, the other supports, potentially including dealing with distractions. †TeamPerTask - separate tasks into sympathetic sets. †SacrificeOnePerson - assign only one person to the distraction, the rest of the team continue on the primary task. †DayCare - separate the task of training task from that of producing software