We have been kicking around discussions with a few project manager friends of ours, regarding the word no. I have had this discussion with Tom Cagley among other people about the ability to say the word no.

There have been some that say the project manager should never say no, but say yes, but something else or constraining elements, and by extension the project team members also are not able to say no.

Some say that no is important, and necessary. The team and the project manager must be able to clearly articulate the situation and circumstances, and to do that requires the use of the word no from time to time.

What do you think? Are you able to say no at times when this is necessary? Do you believe you can say no at your job on behalf of your team and your project? If you are able do you believe that you should be able say no?

1. I canít say no due to the politics of my company
2. I do not believe it is my place to say no
3. I donít believe it is my place AND I cannot say no anyway due to the culture of my company
4. I have no opinion
5. I believe I should be able to say no
6. I believe I can say no because of the culture of my company
7. I believe I should be able to and I can say no at my company
8. I believe I should be able to say no, but the company culture is prohibitive