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Getting deadlines pushed up for Manager/CEO's "Excitement"

My advice? Quit. I know it's the quintessential answer to every other Workplace question on SE but let's look at the facts. You have no effective allies within the company. No one involved here is in ...
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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

Should I do anything further (if so how) in terms of bringing this up to management, project manager, etc? They've already paid you in terms of your "expenses" and given you extra time off, so I'...
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Working with very bad code but on a deadline

You swallow your pride and you deal with the crap architecture and try to make the deadline. Your boss hasn't got a problem with the architecture. You can try to convince him when there is less time ...
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How should a leader behave when they miss deadlines themselves?

Admit your mistakes quickly Explain what you did wrong Explain what you will do to fix them Explain how you will make sure this will not happen again Don't make the same mistake again.
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How to explain missing deadlines to superiors?

Own your mistakes before someone else brings them up Explain how you won't repeat your mistakes Have a solution to the current problem ready (i.e. show how you'll get caught up with your work) Then, ...
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As a developer; Not getting time to test, receiving extreme deadlines and not being listened to by the manager

NOTE: The manager has little to no technical background. So this manager, presumably, had time to develop a technical background but has not done so. Why? He either is uninterested or unable. Keep ...
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Confront Manager about Unrealistic Report deadlines

Confronting your boss will rarely end well for you. Instead, I'd explain the other tasks you'd prioritised and ask whether she'd have ordered them differently. This way you'll either learn to ...
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Getting deadlines pushed up for Manager/CEO's "Excitement"

Your manager and CEO seem to be awfully inexperienced. Apparently they believe that by changing the deadline they can make a project finish earlier. Which anyone can tell you is extreme nonsense. Your ...
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Working with very bad code but on a deadline

The key here is to do what you can. This kind of situation is normal and will probably occur throughout your career. It is the kind of thing that the agile process was meant to address. What are the ...
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Confront Manager about Unrealistic Report deadlines

You are not working “hard enough”, your working hours are so ridiculous I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. I’m doing 40 hours a week, you’re half my age, and if we both continue working as we do ...
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As a developer; Not getting time to test, receiving extreme deadlines and not being listened to by the manager

You say "I've never left a project unfinished before." It is time to start. Every professional will quit a job at some point when the client is unreasonable. There are bosses and clients that can ...
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Confront Manager about Unrealistic Report deadlines

Considering all the aspects above, Is it recommended that I confront the Director about this? I think it's also good to let her know that the expectations are unrealistic and so that she won't do it ...
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Working with very bad code but on a deadline

I have been in your position before. I was told to work on a website with an terrible code base and deliver it before deadline. Here is what our team did, We completed the initial delivery with the ...
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Working with very bad code but on a deadline

NOTE: OP is the lead front-end dev per comments What decisions are you empowered to make? Clarify this with your manager in an email. Can you piece-wise replace it? Don't bad-mouth other developers!...
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Getting deadlines pushed up for Manager/CEO's "Excitement"

Non-technical people have no idea how long new features and changes will take, they just know how much they want them. You're acting like a junior engineer, assuming that your boss is doing the ...
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Struggling to finish project, how to tell coworker?

Struggling to finish project, how to tell coworker? At this point you need to be open and honest about the status of the project. Honesty and transparency are usually your best ally when it comes to ...
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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?

You have absolutely done the wrong thing. Here's how: You disregarded a direct order from your boss to not do the out of hours work. He might have some things planned like review processes on how/...
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Working with very bad code but on a deadline

As a manager, I frequently encountered the 'not invented here' syndrome; software developers would insist that some code written by a co-worker was sub-standard, and needed a re-write - and then they'...
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How should a leader behave when they miss deadlines themselves?

How should a leader behave when he misses deadlines himself? Leaders need to be held accountable just like anyone else. If they missed a deadline they should: Admit to missing the deadline ...
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Struggling to finish project, how to tell coworker?

How do I approach my coworker about this? If you, with your knowledge and experience in the project, believe it is not possible to finish it on time you should have a follow-up meeting ASAP, to make ...
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How would you suggest I follow up with coworkers about our deadline that's today?

The strategy I see most often in my line of work (IT), is a bridge call. Schedule a call with everyone who's critical to this deliverable and hash out everything, including: who needs to provide what ...
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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

Now I would like to know how to address the current situation (if I should) with management/PM, and how to tackle it in the future. There is not much to address the current situation. You yourself ...
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Unable to meet goals when manager keeps busy in things which are outside the ambit

Talk to your CEO as soon as possible. Tell him that you didn't do the tasks he expected you to do because you were given other work by the manager. It's then up to the CEO to decide what has priority. ...
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Confront Manager about Unrealistic Report deadlines

What you need to do is not to confront the director, it's to find another job. You cannot work 14-16 hours per day. It's unsustainable. Getting sleep/rest/relaxation is known to be medically ...
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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

While you're reluctant to reschedule at this time that is exactly what you should do. Talk to your boss and your partner and then schedule the trip so that it is only a few weeks or a month later ...
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Unable to meet goals when manager keeps busy in things which are outside the ambit

Communication is the key. Targets can change, but that should not come to anyone as a surprise. If your theoretical (on-paper) targets are not aligned properly with the actual work, then there's ...
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How should a leader behave when they miss deadlines themselves?

All the other answers are great, but nobody gave what is in my opinion the most obvious answer: How do you expect your subordinates to react if they miss a deadline? Whatever your answer is, do ...
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I'm stressed by having software deadlines imposed on me without my involvement. How can I deal with this situation?

If you're a developer, part of your job is (if necessary) to give pushback about scheduling/deadlines/etc. If you feel that you will not be able to meet a deadline, you need to push back with your ...
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Getting deadlines pushed up for Manager/CEO's "Excitement"

Things you should do long-term: Quit. Get out of there. Start job hunting now and do not look back. No matter what they promise you or say they will change or anything, just get out of there ASAP. ...
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How to tell your boss that you haven't yet started the project?

This question is loaded, the right answer to this would be something like : This would never happen, If I am not working on a project, it would be for a good reason and I would made my boss aware ...
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