Only assign tasks to one person (1/28)

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Don’t assign a task to a group, assign it to an individual. When we added the “Next Steps” feature to our meeting agenda app (it allows you to assign an action item and deadline to a meeting participant), we considered whether we should make it possible to assign an item to multiple people. The overwhelming response from our employees and customers was that any task should only ever have one owner.

Why? Because handing something off to more than one person means that you’re diluting the responsibility, meaning there’s less of a chance that it will get completed on time. If you really aren’t able to assign a task to one person, it likely means that task needs to be broken down into more tasks before it’s assigned. Take another look at the project itself before you delegate it out. You’ll be happy you took a little extra time.

Contributors: Brennan McEachran from SoapBox

Written by Zak Parker

Journalist, writer, musician, professional procrastinator. I'll add more here later.

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