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.