Manage deadlines actively

finartProjects most often face a fixed deadline for completion. Where sufficient notice is received, such projects can be run normally, but where notice is too short, significant schedule pressure can build up. Project manager need to actively manage deadlines in two ways. The first is to plan ahead to all known deadlines. The second is to try and avoid pressure from tight deadlines. Delay of the deadline improves the quality and budget performance of the project.

Actively managing deadlines includes ensuring that stakeholders have a clear understanding of the lead time necessary to complete the work and accept the planning. Another way to manage deadlines is to tie due dates for approval to the final delivery. This makes sure the timing of the approval dictates the final delivery.

Finally the deadlines often involve the approval process. This must be actively managed from the start. Stakeholders must experience the pace of the project is determined by the pace of approvals.