Questions tagged [deadlines]

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

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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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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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Getting deadlines pushed up for Manager/CEO's “Excitement”

In short I've been a developer for just over a year and a half now including my course time, I got assigned a pretty big project at work, something I'd consider a little bit past the scope of a junior ...
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I agreed to cancel a long-planned vacation (with travel costs) due to project deadlines, but now the timeline has all changed again

TL;DR cancelled a long-planned trip due to a delay in project deadlines and my backup person quitting, and received most of the cost back from the company. Turns out in retrospect it wasn't necessary ...
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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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How should a leader behave when they miss deadlines themselves?

As a leader in an organization, one has to set an example by being disciplined. But sometimes even leaders can commit a blunder, be it a consequence of workload or anything else. My friend (we are ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 don'...
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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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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, ...
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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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Unable to meet goals when manager keeps busy in things which are outside the ambit

I joined a new company two months back. I committed to the CEO to meet certain goals within 3 months timeframe. CEO has a lot of expectations from me. Two months have passed and it seems I will not be ...
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How would you suggest I follow up with coworkers about our deadline that's today?

I'm coordinating an application that an organization I work with will be sending in. There are a few applicants. I've been trying to collect materials over the past few days, but have been getting ...
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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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Working till 3AM for a deadline; I want to take next day off as leave, but manager insists I take sick day

I'm in the UK, I requested a day of annual leave for the day after a deadline (~3 weeks time) which will result in an estimated 4AM finish for me (could be earlier or later, so 2AM-5AM). I will be the ...
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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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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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I'm stressed by having software deadlines imposed on me without my involvement. How can I deal with this situation?

Over the course of my 20-year career as a software developer, I've always been involved in the estimation process of any work I have to complete. Deadlines are typically agreed upon before we commit ...
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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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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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I stressed my coworker into reprioritizing their work and now I feel bad about it. Did I mess up?

I have a deadline coming up in two weeks. An internal web application needed a small new feature to finish the project. The maintainer of the web application has been extremely helpful in helping me ...
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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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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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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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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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New (to the company) manager told me to delay a task with a firm schedule; I disobeyed. How should I have handled it?

Worked at this company for around 4 years, I have about 7 years in the workplace overall. I work in a team of 3 who deal with 'reporting' (mostly financial), we maintain the systems that "month end ...
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How to handle a colleague that can't handle stress and makes poor decisions but can work hard

About 6 months ago we hired a developer that came straight from university. He's smart, works hard and seems to create quality code. The first couple of months I acted as a buffer between management ...
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How to deal with line manager who doesn't understand complexity of my tasks? [closed]

Background I have been in my current position as UX / UI designer at an in-house insurance design agency for just over a year. Prior to my arrival my line manager, who is a designer himself handled ...
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How to break the cycle of being a “load bearing employee” because of no time to cross-train others because of constant deadlines?

Edit: I considered this question (How to protest a deadline that is too short?) as a suggested duplicate, but in my situation there is no realistic way to 'protest' a deadline, since there's no real ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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My programmer underestimates deadlines or is just lazy

Since august, I have had a software programmer in my charge and I became the project leader of my area. She went well with learning things about our area, configuring some tasks, but ever since I ...
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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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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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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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Supervisor putting me to impossible deadline, ignoring feasibility warnings, and failing to deal with the fallout

tl;dr: My supervisor chose to try to deliver a new feature within an unfeasible org-wide deadline, put me on development for it (despite my early warnings), made me feel like I'm at fault for it not ...
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Boss setting expectations that subordinates can't meet

My grand boss has communicated out an unrealistic expectation to the board that we are unable to meet. My subordinate has complained to the board about my grand bosses conduct but won't elaborate to ...
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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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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 ...