dropping project



  • Hi,

    I made a mistake taking so much project or not speaking early enough to prevent the dilemma I'm in.

    I have a big project and my expectations are that the 1 big project and operations should be alright. But as i get near the big day of my big project where everything is critical they also add 2 to 3 more big projects. At first i though its OK as I'm not the main contact for the projects but it seems I will still do most of the work on other 3 more projects.

    How to say to the boss that I'm dropping the 3 projects and will only focus on the my main big project & operations and re-schedule the other 3 or they can do it without me on it?

    what are the risk of doing this? I feel continuing above path are more risky as i will not be able to handle the project properly.



  • Can you prioritize the projects? Also is it all one boss that assigned it all to you?



  • Tell, don't ask, that you have limited time and energy. Explain that you commuted time and could do the project but someone is giving you extra projects and you need to know which are priorities, are they really to take time away from the original project, etc.



  • The business needs to prioritize the projects that were assigned to you, tell your boss that you were assigned the first project with you as the lead, and then projects 2 and 3 came in which you were also tasked to be a part of.

    During meeting regarding those projects it appears that you're expected to be the lead.

    So have management prioritize them, and move the responsibilities or timelines so that they jobs can be completed at an appropriate rate.



  • My boss said he wants all those projects done at the same time. hmmmmm



  • @bishnitro said in dropping project:

    My boss said he wants all those projects done at the same time. hmmmmm

    I guess your boss is planning to hire some help then..



  • @bishnitro said in dropping project:

    My boss said he wants all those projects done at the same time. hmmmmm

    Your available time: 40h / week
    Project 1 requires 100% time
    Project 2..4 require 50-100% each
    Time left: -60 to -120h / week

    Easy equation, even C-level should get that. Maybe ask them for 300%+ salary?



  • @thwr said in dropping project:

    @bishnitro said in dropping project:

    My boss said he wants all those projects done at the same time. hmmmmm

    Your available time: 40h / week
    Project 1 requires 100% time
    Project 2..require 50-100% each
    Time left: -60 to -120h / week

    Easy equation, even C-level should get that. Maybe ask them for 300%+ salary?

    Even salary bumps can't give you more time, you still need time to sleep and eat etc.



  • @DustinB3403 said in dropping project:

    @thwr said in dropping project:

    @bishnitro said in dropping project:

    My boss said he wants all those projects done at the same time. hmmmmm

    Your available time: 40h / week
    Project 1 requires 100% time
    Project 2..require 50-100% each
    Time left: -60 to -120h / week

    Easy equation, even C-level should get that. Maybe ask them for 300%+ salary?

    Even salary bumps can't give you more time, you still need time to sleep and eat etc.

    I did that once during dotcom, but I also got that increased salary. Had a toothbrush, clothes and a bed couch in my office 😉



  • @bishnitro said in dropping project:

    My boss said he wants all those projects done at the same time. hmmmmm

    Your response should have been to laugh and say "ha ha, no really, which two am I to drop or just drop all three?" Never let him make an impossible demand, it comes across as you accepting the impossible making it your fault later. If your boss demands the impossible, make sure that HIS boss knows that he is intentionally making sure that things don't get done.



  • @thwr said in dropping project:

    @DustinB3403 said in dropping project:

    @thwr said in dropping project:

    @bishnitro said in dropping project:

    My boss said he wants all those projects done at the same time. hmmmmm

    Your available time: 40h / week
    Project 1 requires 100% time
    Project 2..require 50-100% each
    Time left: -60 to -120h / week

    Easy equation, even C-level should get that. Maybe ask them for 300%+ salary?

    Even salary bumps can't give you more time, you still need time to sleep and eat etc.

    I did that once during dotcom, but I also got that increased salary. Had a toothbrush, clothes and a bed couch in my office 😉

    We did it at NTG, company paid for apartments, on campus housing, drivers to take us between offices, etc.


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