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.