How to Say No to More Work

As you proceed with the collaborative decisions, you may find you have too much work for the people you have available. In fact, in many healthy organizations, you do have too much work to do for the people you have available. See Your Project Portfolio Is an Indicator of Your Organization’s Overall Health to know whether your organization is healthy. No matter who you are, at some point you will have to say no to someone asking you to do more work. One way is not have projects at all and make all your decisions in a lean and agile way, as in Lean Approaches to the Project Portfolio. But, if your organization has to have projects instead of just timeboxed work, consider these approaches.

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