Questions related to meeting or changing the predetermined end-point of a task or project

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Motivate people in team in a non work environment [closed]

I have a small group working on a project together. I'm a team leader, but not the boss. The project is not for money, it's our thesis. We have around 6 months to finish this project. This is the 2nd ...
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How to communicate you couldn't meet a deadline because you were exhausted?

I work beyond normal hours quite regularly (often continue at home after dinner) and occasionally I finish working on something but don't "Send" or finish the very final part just because I get too ...
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How to convey I am overwhelmed without damaging perceptions and lateral relationships at company?

Half of my work are orders from my direct manager, the other half requires that I address specific needs across the whole company - mostly lateral in authority but also a few senior managers. My ...
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How to handle pressure when I am not fully in control of the issue (and it is beyond my skills)? [closed]

I am responsible for delivering different final product/service requests to Team A (usually Customer Sales, Business Developers, sometimes the CEO himself) using in-house-built Software that is ...
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How to handle last minute work deadlines that I cannot meet due to personal schedules? [closed]

Scenario/Background: I have two bosses, with one of whom I manage variable daily processes (priority 1), while the other one gives me longer term projects (priority 2). Due to the extreme variability ...
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Handling unreasonable demands from other departments

I don't want to reveal the field I'm working in, but hopefully my question will be general enough that I don't need to. I've been at my job for a couple of years now. The team I'm on has to work ...
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Should I ask for time off in lieu if I was sick? [closed]

I am a trainee developer at a large (~120 people) web agency, about 7 days from passing my probation. I was feeling unwell this morning (Thursday) but I went in anyway because I have a deadline for a ...
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Dealing with non-negotiable deadlines as the only resource on a software project [duplicate]

The question : How do I deal with unrealistic deadlines on a software project? How do I make sure I don't miss any deadlines when the deadlines themselves are unrealistic? What do I tell my manager ...
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How to deal with unrealistic deadlines as an intern in a startup?

I'm working as a software engineer / web developer intern in a start-up. After discussing with colleagues, I just realized that I am given unrealistic deadlines by my intern supervisor who is also the ...
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How to professionally handle being unable to complete a request due to getting ill while at work?

Whether it is a customer, a colleague or a superior, what is the most professional and least career-damaging way to explain a shortcoming or inability to handle a short term request due to getting ...
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6answers
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How can I show my boss that aiming only for quick wins is causing more problems than it solves?

A recent problem is that my boss is more worried about how our actions make him appear to the rest of the company than he is about the actual results of our work. For example he is willing to deliver ...
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How to informally motivate employees to spend more time working and less time on personal matters?

The company I work for has no written policy against using company time for personal communications and entertainment (Facebook, Skype, Youtube, etc.). It is expected that everyone balances their use ...
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How can I communicate to my manager that previously unknown problems will impact the project deadline?

My team is responsible for implementing a big new IT tool in the company. Sometimes there are problems based on incompatibilities between our company's existing systems and the tool and we have very ...
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Should I always apologize if my deadlines are not met due to factors I have no control over?

I know it is often considered professional to own up to one's mistakes. However, wouldn't it also look self-accusing if someone apologizes for something she/he didn't actually do, for example ...
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How to manage managerial deadlines with a volatile and eventful health condition?

I have, like most professionals today, a deadline-driven job. I also have, unlike most, unpredictable health events. There are periods in which I am just like everyone else. I am also very ambitious ...
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3answers
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Is missed deadline a good reason for non payment?

It was my freelance programming job at oDesk in which I missed the deadline. It was a two day job, but after two days 1-2 major bugs were left. So, the client changed all the passwords and refused to ...
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How can we protest a deadline that is too short?

Our Project manager made a project's presentation and assigned it to our team. The amount of work was estimated at 3 weeks. Our team members discussed the project and we calculated that the amount ...
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How can I get my employees more engaged in their tasks? [closed]

I feel that not all employees are fully committed to their tasks. I would like to see them ask more questions, make sure their work is done to the best of their ability, make sure deadlines are met, ...
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Juggling Projects in a Matrix Management Organization [closed]

I keep running into this problem over and over when I work in relatively large companies with a matrix management organization. Basically, I deal with multiple concurrent projects. My "deliverables" ...
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How do I politely ask about the “urgency” of a work request - i.e. what date should it be completed by?

I work in an IT Help Desk role, and I often get requests that have vague "due-dates". So maybe a Project Manager wants a large database pull, which will take at least a week of my time. But they ...
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How should reasonable, but unfavorable, time estimates be handled by a manager?

Presenting time estimates is a negotiation process: worker gives a high estimate, manager pushes to get the work done in a shorter period of time. However, besides this old-fashioned downward ...
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How soon after should I follow up on a missed deadline?

If someone working on a document tells me he will email it to me tomorrow, and that I will have it by 10:00, how long after the deadline should I wait to follow up? I feel that emailing (or worse, ...