I started a project 1 did it almost alone. After a certain section of it was completed, I started with Project 2. This Project 2 has a different team lead. It took 1 month for Project 2, and since Project 1's deployment was coming near, I told the team lead 2 that I need to work on Project 1. Moreover, there were some changes in Project 1 as proposed by the client. So, I denied some major changes within the available time, while I told that I can complete the smaller ones before the launch date.

However, the team lead from Project 2 keeps bothering me with the issues/changes that he faces with the Project 2. Even though I say, I dont have time, he asks me to give extra effort (that means overtime). I am unable to handle both these projects simultaneously, especially because Project 1 is to be launched soon. What should I do ?

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    What does your line manager say you should be working on? Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 11:10
  • @PhilipKendall He doesn't bother.
    – Skumar
    Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 12:57
  • Don't use that as an excuse, just ask your manager directly "should I be working on Project 1 or Project 2?" Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 13:31
  • I kept asking him. He told me to do both projects. These were his exact words in first person
    – Skumar
    Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 13:49
  • then you either do what your boss told you to do or don't.
    – Tiger Guy
    Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 14:10

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What should I do ?

You should make sure you know what you're meant to be working on.

That typically involves dialogue with your line manager, your to-do lists, and whatever else.

EDIT: Okay, OP has since revealed that the line manager has told him to do both projects 1 and 2. So that's what OP should do.

Of course, OP can manage expectations, and say things like "if I'm doing both projects, that's going to affect deadline X in this way, or we can leave out features Y and Z to try and get both things done in time". But the details are scarce enough it's hard to give a real answer.

  • He doesn't bother.
    – Skumar
    Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 12:57
  • 3
    @Skumar Who doesn't bother with what? Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 13:05
  • The Reporting Manager (who oversees both the projects)
    – Skumar
    Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 13:48
  • 4
    Come on, what does the reporting manager not bother to do? Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 13:50

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