Project deadlines are important to meet but sometimes project issues can cause delays that are unforeseen. What you have to do is ask yourself, “What can I do to plan for project delays”, then this just might help you manage your project deadlines better.
To help you manage your project deadlines, I thought I would share a few quotes to encourage you.
- On the value of Project Management: Trying to manage a project without project management is like trying to play a football game without a game plan. K. Tate (Past Board Member, PMI)
- Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand. Chinese Proverb
- Be the change you want to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi
Now that you are encouraged, let’s look at ways that you can manage your project deadlines so that you can successfully complete them on-time.
- One of the first things that I’ve found that’s helpful is working with a potential issues list which should be part of your project plan. This list would detail those things that could be potential hazards or issues which could affect your deadline. When creating this list, make sure that you include possible solutions for the hazards or issues that may occur.
- Make sure that each team member is aware of their responsibilities and the due date for each one. If due dates are not communicated with the responsibilities then the team members are at a disadvantage.
- Ensure that all team members have the resources and technology they need in order to complete their responsibilities for the project.
- Create a process flow for managing change just in case an issue causes you to change your project plan.
- Under or over estimate time allotment for team members can also cause delays. Make sure that you when you create your time control part of the project that you get feedback from your team members. They can give you feedback regarding how long they feel it would take them to complete their portion of the project.