Software engineering notes

Saying yes to important things

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I attended a talk today on the art of saying no and a couple things stood out:

  • saying yes to important things makes it easier to say no to less important things, ie prioritize
  • if the impact of requested work is unclear, request clarification before agreeing to do the work

This reminded me of something a colleague once mentioned: part of the art of saying no effectively is making everyone aware of the costs

Written by Erik

October 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm

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  1. […] In particular, I appreciate the emphasis on prioritization; during focused effort, we say “no” to many things so we can say “yes” to the most important things. […]


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