How to Say ‘No’

I originally wanted to write about how to start an agile project, possibly the pilot agile project in your organization–if it was starved of resources, people, machines, space, whatever. But I can’t write that article because no advice is worth the space. You...

No: Such a Difficult Word

Pat meets me in the lobby and walks me to the conference room for our 9 a.m. meeting. She yawns several times during our two-minute walk. She yawns a few more times before everyone else arrives. “Late night?” I ask. “They’re all late,” she replies. “I’m way...

What’s on Your Not-to-do List?

Summary: Drawing up a to-do list sounds like a logical starting point when you want to prioritize your workload. But if you have an extra-long list of tasks, the list you should start with is the not-to-do list. Doing so forces you to take an extra hard look at what...

What’s on Your Not-to-do List?

I’ll bet you’re one of those people who have too much to do. (I haven’t met anyone in the past few years who didn’t have too much to do, so it’s not much of a bet.) And, I suspect that you’re so busy with what you’re doing,...