Don’t Open More Barrels Than You Can Consume

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One of my colleagues is a Theory of Constraints guru so this stuff comes naturally to him but even so, his casual remark on a conference call not long after joining us stuck with the whole team. It’s now a poster next to my desk so that all my drive-by visitors can see his wisdom too.

“Starting more work doesn’t mean you’re going to get any more finished.”

My boss also repeatedly says:

“We need to see a few things 100% complete, not a pile of stuff 80% done”

I have my own pattern for this that I’ll be posting pretty soon – the title might be a bit of a giveaway.

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