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

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How to explain missing deadlines to superiors?

I was supposed to complete a task and I haven't. This is not the first time. It is entirely my fault and I don't want to avoid responsibility by making excuses, I instead want to own up to my ...
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2answers
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How to deal with a uncommitted coworker, it affects my performance too [duplicate]

I am a back end developer for a data visualization tool. I have to work with a coworker who does the front end part. We established the deadline date to the client (it is a internal client in a big ...
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12answers
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As a developer; Not getting time to test, receiving extreme deadlines and not being listened to by the manager

A few months back I took over a job from someone who was quitting for the same reasons I am here today. The job involved developing an in-house application that would be used mostly by the staff. The ...
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3answers
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New project is making me want to quit [closed]

I work for a web development agency and we have recently taken on a legacy project for a new client who wishes to implement changes to their site. The current set of changes that I am working on are ...
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711 views

How to professionally prepare my manager for a buggy system

The long and short of things is that my manager has me working on a project that has the most limited time scale I've ever seen. The timeline was given by the client, not determined by the project. ...
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Balancing the problem of teaching junior devs and meeting deadlines

TL;DR: I am having issues maintaining the balance between mentoring junior devs, meeting deadlines as a group, and completing my own work. Read on for more info. For background, I work at a small, ...
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2answers
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How do I deal with someone who forces us to miss deadlines? [closed]

One of my major responsibilities is creating a bi-monthly newsletter. I have to work with a copy editor who is holding onto projects for weeks and pushing us further behind on our deadline. I can't ...
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1answer
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My Manager Is Enabling Grossly Incompetent Vendors [duplicate]

So, my company suffers from a very severe nepotism problem. And to an extent, I get it: You want to hire people that you know are reliable. But we had one C-level executive hire his son as a director ...
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2answers
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Working with poorly written code, cannot meet a hard deadline in probation period [duplicate]

I joined my current company recently, and I am on probation. The code I have inherited is brittle and has performance issues. I am not familiar with the system yet, but my manager told me to refactor ...
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2answers
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Maximal deadline for a job application [closed]

If one sees a job advertisement published on day D, how much time after is the maximal number of days is a good idea to apply for the job? I sometimes see interesting job ads, but I don't apply ...
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3answers
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I procrastinated on a project for too long, what should I do? [duplicate]

This procrastination issue has a long buildup, but I will try to explain it briefly. I was working on a large project with a senior programmer in a language/methodology I was new to. About half-way ...
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Internship and can't make deadline. Should I work unpaid extra time?

I am currently working as an intern (with a good pay). I have had trouble on my project, and took more time than what was expected of me to find what was wrong with a part of it. Now the deadline is ...
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4answers
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Struggling to finish project, how to tell coworker?

About 8 months ago I began working on a project for a colleague (part of my job is to do side projects like this). Essentially developing an excel application for a very large database we have. At ...
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3answers
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How do I tell my boss that my project won't be completed nearly as fast as he thinks?

I'm an intern at a development company for an ERP system. The company is currently in its infancy, and as such the code base that's being developed is relatively new. My task is to write ...
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2answers
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End of contract: can I ask my boss for reasons my deadlines were pushed forward

Background: I'm at the company since July 2016, and this is my last month of the timed contract. It's my first job out of college. Once the contract expires (on June 30th) I'm moving out of the city ...
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1answer
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How can I communicate that the project's (website) time limit is too tight, especially because I have to read up on the whole stack? [duplicate]

Short version: I am a student employee who applied for frontend development and have no experience the specific programming language nor framework. My employer, not familiar with what I exactly have ...
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3answers
1k views

How to tell your boss that you haven't yet started the project? [closed]

I had this interview, and the employer asked me that question. The full question is like this: “There is project that your boss gave you, but you have not started anything, and there is only a week ...
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2answers
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Show the commitment I have for the company

TL;DR I work on many projects at the same time, but my boss feels that since I don't meet the deadlines on the main one, I'm not committed. I am probably more committed to the company than others, ...
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3answers
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Asking something from a busy colleague

I'm an intern working at a software company. I have been here for a few months now, and my internship is coming to an end. My school requires feedback forms from people I have worked directly with ...
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3answers
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How should I tell my boss that I cannot meet the deadline?

I recently started working for a software company in another country. They flew me over to make progress with the project. I did some tasks there and then came back to my homeland to continue working ...
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3answers
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voluntarily work on vacation [closed]

My project deadline is coming up and I need to deliver some things asap (which got delayed mostly because of inexperience with the task at hand and limited communication with some colleagues). The "...
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1answer
471 views

New Job, Chaotic Work Environment, Too Many Conflicting Priorities [closed]

I've just started a new job as a EA (Executive Assistant) and at a high salary. The thing is, I'm expected to take on a business development role, the HR function, recruitment and training of staff, ...
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3answers
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What to do when your company consider estimates are part of your KPI? [closed]

I’m a software developer working for a finance firm of about 50 employees, 15 of which developers. I joined the company less than one year ago on a contract. I’ve recently been praised for my ...
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1answer
714 views

My boss sets unfair deadlines and expects everyone to work overtime [closed]

I'm working at a small Startup. Recently I was put in charge of a new project with an also new client. The project itself is very interesting and I am excited to work on it. But my boss, who ...
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5answers
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How to handle unrealistic expectations from management

I'm a software developer. For the better part of a year, my team has been working on a Big Project. Until recently, I had no involvement in the project, and so I only had a vague understanding of what ...
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3answers
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Is a “midnight” closing date accidentally or intentionally misleading? [closed]

A disturbing proportion of job adverts seem to say something along the lines of: Applications close at midnight on [date] Strictly, that means that any applications received during the day in ...
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5answers
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How to get people to attend online meetings as a new Project Launch Manager?

I'm a new Project Launch Manager at a corporation similar to Oracle that develops and sells Enterprise apps. I'm inexperienced in my role but I am a self starter and work hard. My problem is that this ...
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How to suggest more strict deadlines?

A friend of mine (let's call him Jim), asked me for advice on an tricky situation where I'm not sure how to handle it either. So maybe one of you can help how to approach it. Jim actually is working ...
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4answers
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Interview - 'spinning' a dysfunctional workplace

As a hypothetical question: I worked at a dysfunctional place - constant crisis mode, crunch time, etc. As just a "minion" I didn't create or have any influence over deadlines and such. (I didn't ...
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3answers
825 views

How to behave when the boss is being too pushy and giving unfair deadlines [closed]

There are some bosses who give you the task with a fair deadline and trust you to deliver it and then let you on your own. There are also people who give you unfair deadlines and expect you to stay ...
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7answers
13k views

How to tell client about having missed their deadline?

I work for a software company. After a few meetings with this one client, it turned out that our current system is not suitable with their business flow, so we need to modify our system to be able to ...
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3answers
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How to prevent poorly thought through ideas and irrelevant discussions from slowing the completion of a project? [closed]

I am leading a volunteer team which is closing on the final months before a deadline on a major project. The team seemed to have fun putting their ideas forward and came up with a solid design. With ...
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1answer
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How to set a realistic scope of my project with a rigid and strict supervisor? [closed]

I am currently working on an 8 month final project, of which 1 month has already passed. Its for an Engineering Doctorate degree. I have one supervisor and one client(who is a PhD student). Situation ...
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Present a document with estimations of duration of work [closed]

Two months ago, I joined a software development company. They have just assigned me my first big task that consist in overhauling all the front end of one of our Rails apps. The project is still in ...
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4answers
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How to deal with unrealistic expectations? Enforcing a way to handle them

I handle a small development team in a startup company. We are limited in resources and amount of people in the team. But recently, the owner of the company started asking ridiculous and unrealistic ...
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2answers
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How can I deal with one expiring job offer when I was given another verbal offer, but no paperwork? [closed]

It was hard to make the title accurately represent the question, so please read the following: In October I was given my first (and, at the time, only) job offer at company A. I was told I had until ...
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Repeatedly cancelling planned vacation - how would it be perceived? [closed]

As per the title - how would it be perceived by bosses and/or co-workers to repeatedly (more than 1-2 times in a year, say) voluntarily cancel planned vacation in order to meet business needs (...
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2answers
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Should I ask company Y to extend the deadline for their offer when I'm waiting to hear from company X? [duplicate]

Now normally I would assume it always makes more sense to ask Y for quicker results, since it seems generally easier for a company to give you results sooner than it is for a company to extend a ...
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Restricting outside activities of 'key' people in a project in order to reduce risk

Is it reasonable to restrict the activities of key people in a project outside of work (e.g. non-essential personal travel) as we head towards crunch time. The intent behind this being the minimizing ...
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7answers
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Being made to miss deadlines

I am in the rather uncomfortable situation of missing one deadline after another. And it's completely avoidable but a management decision to do so. Now, this shouldn't bother me as it is not my ...
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4answers
816 views

Is it acceptable to take a day off during crunch time when it seemingly doesn't matter to my boss? [closed]

There is a high priority project I am working on that needs to be completed in 2 weeks. Chances are that I will complete it, but the timing is tight. I wanted to take a day off in the next few ...
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1answer
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How to politely ask someone to hurry up because of lack of time?

There is a professor who is willing to allot an open position in the lab but he's just delaying about it. He just won't tell me what project is he going to assign to me. He told me he wants to talk to ...
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Dealing with a missed deadline [duplicate]

Rather then go into the details of my current situation I will just skip to my main question. When a deadline is missed due to a coworker's or supervisor's failure to do their part in a project and ...
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3answers
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Project is due Monday but isn't finished because coworker didn't do his part. how do I explain this to manager without throwing blame on coworker? [closed]

My coworker and I were assigned a website development project. My team consists of me, my coworker and 4 other full time workers. I was the lead on this project. My coworker's task was to design a few ...
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When asked about a completion date, what is the best way to say “it will be done when it is done”?

When you are asked to estimate due dates, is there a especially polite or clever way of say it is "Done when it is done" ? Is the only way to say, "I can't say right now, check with me at [given time]...
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2answers
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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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4answers
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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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2answers
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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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3answers
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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 ...