Setting Project Deadlines
When a manager lays out an important project or assignment, their Action Plan should have already identified what needs to be done, by when it needs to be done and who is to do it. One of the key stumbling blocks to effective project or assignment execution is poor thinking around time lines and deadlines.
Even when a Manager has a pre-determined end date for the project, all the action steps leading to meeting the deadline have their own unique time lines. Some Action Steps have an inter-dependency on some other action step be completed first. Some Action Steps are dependent on resource or outside vendors or specialists to complete.
Other Action Steps have conflicting due dates with action steps from other assignments. It is up to the manager to anticipate these conflicts and have a well laid out set of time lines for everyone involved. A key skill question to ask in the project action step planning phases is ….”what needs to take place in order for this Action Step to be completed on time and move the project forward?”
Once you have defined all the items that need to take place to allow each important Action Step to be completed, you can layout a much more accurate timetable and resource support plan for each step.