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Communication Overhead

“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be: ‘meetings.’” — Dave Barry, comedian and newspaper columnist

Key Ideas:

  • Communication Overhead is the proportion of time you spend communicating with your team instead of getting productive work done.
  • Communication is absolutely necessary, but as the size of your team increases, so does Communication Overhead.
  • The solution is simple but not easy: make your team as small as possible. This will save everyone’s time and increase productivity.

Questions for Consideration:

  • How much of your team’s time is spent communicating with each other vs. actually making progress toward the goal?
  • How can you reduce communication time while keeping everyone on the same page?
  • Could you feasibly reduce the size of the active team to decrease communication overhead?

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