At work when we talk about building out newer programs, I've started reminding people that if they say "we should spend more time / money / staff on my program" they're also usually inadvertently saying "we should spend less time / money / staff on someone else's program." It's not always true, but it does help structure conversations about strategy for resource allocation.

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@makingarecord In the law office:
managers: zero sum
other managers: ZERO SUM
everyone but you: ZERO SUM ZERO SUM

@bcj I think the reason it's so frustrating in this non-profit, public-defense context is that we want to do new and exciting things and expand our reach to more marginalized people, but if we don't expand our capacity in a strategic and organized way, every new "yes" we say will require a corresponding "no" somewhere else.

@bcj Strategically building new processes and technological resources to support new and/or better programmatic work is my actual, real expertise, it's just not particularly pithy or interesting to talk about.

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