Make your sprint or iteration goals unambiguous!
Focus on those to know exactly the priority of things and what to spend time on and what you can drop.
Find those time-wasting activities and efforts … streamline these so you can make it home for dinner.
Manage Work In Process (WIP). Too much WIP lengthens your Lead Time (commitment to completion time).
Utilization of any resource — including your team — must be 80% or less! Asking people to take on ‘overtime work… work longer hours’ to reduce Lead Time is a step in the wrong direction … it is not sustainable! Managing WIP is sustainable.
Prioritization, streamlining, 80% or less utilization rate, managing WIP, setting goals and objectives are your tools to repeatable success!