Let's be honest, most game developers try to do more than is actually possible, either because they have a lot of great feature ideas, or because their stakeholders ask for too much.
At GDC 2016, Oculus' Ruth Tomandl reminded fellow devs that, as John Carmack says, focus is a matter of deciding what you're not going to do. It was the opening line of a smart production-focused talk that covered how you should decide what not to do, and then how to not do those things.
Notably, Tomandl gave practical answers to common questions like: When do you say no? How do you say no? How do you deal with the fallout from saying no? What do you do when saying no isn't an option?
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