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10 Practical Solutions to Avoid Overcommitting

Overcommitting is common practice in many organizations today. The consequences of team overcommitment are no small deal:

  • Lower quality: Teams who overcommit tend not to hit the De nition of Done for each story every sprint.
  • Burnout! Overcommitted teams and individuals have a tendency to go into Hero mode, powering through to deliver at an unscalable and unsustainable pace.
  • Lower productivity: Paradoxically, teams who overcommit actually deliver less, because their focus is compromised. Studies show that multitasking and task-switching heavily affect productivity.

Here are ten practical solutions to help you avoid overcommitting.


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