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I am not a Machine. Learn to say No.

Friday, The 17th

Me: Hey, Good Morning. What’s happening in your work stream?

Dev: Got a mail this morning, from onshore. With a long list of changes.

Me: Congrats 😛

Dev: They think I am a Machine. Some changes are fine, but this time it’s a long list of req. which cannot be completed in a single day. Even in two days I guess. Will work over the weekend, what else.

Me: Is it a priority? Do they need it by Monday? Any demo planned?

Dev: No. Demo is every Friday.

I am not a Machine. Learn to say No.

Seems familiar? Yeah! Most of the times it’s urgent in IT world. Please complete this ASAP. This is priority. It’s Urgent. Especially with Offshore team’s take-it-all hard-working attitude. I think there are two type of urgency – personal and business-driven. And mostly it’s the former.

We should understand that everybody is a human-being. Urgency and Priority should always be defined from a business perspective. And mentioned in tasks/mails logically. Else slowly the term ‘Urgent’ will lose its urgency 🙂 On the other hand, we should learn to say no. There is no harm in saying ‘No’ to unrealistic expectations.

What do you think? How to tackle a situation like this?

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Ramdas Krishna Baliga | Staff Software Engineer in Test at Intuit

Saying NO in a constructive way is a skill by itself.

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Anshuman Duggal | Project Manager – Salesforces at Bodhtree Consulting

Problem with Offshore managers and delivery people is that if anything comes from Onshore it must be completed ASAP. Offshore people should learn to say No and prioritize the activities only then our lives can be eased out…

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