Last-Minute Lament

How many times have you had a colleague come to you late in the workday asking for help on a project when he was facing an eminent deadline? I have to admit, this is one of my biggest pet peeves in business. I know that you can’t always be prepared for everything, and more than once I have had a client call in a favor asking for something and needing it right away. It is times such as these that …

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One comment on “Last-Minute Lament

  1. Wes Smith on said:

    This happens all the time. I’m of the opinion that many project managers have decided that deadlines are a good way to optimize labor costs and to cut hours spent on document preparation. Of course, no one’s saying it, but there it is.

    A proper deadline will be based on working back from the set deadline to allow time for individual project items to be met. Although I’m aware that deadlines need to be set, false deadlines for the purpose of labor optimization sets a dangerous precedent.

    Clients also need to be made aware of time constraints’ effect on project outcome. There’s a lot to be said for the old saying “you get what you pay for.” Set an unreasonable deadline and watch project quality fall by the wayside.

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