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Managing Deadlines

This article discusses how to negotiate an unrealistic deadline. In the article, Tres provides his recommendation – Effective Communication

“My recommendation to project managers is that instead of saying ‘no,’ lay out options for the person/people asking for the unrealistic timeline,” says Tres Roeder, president of Roeder Consulting in Cleveland. “Explain the trade-offs. For example, the project manager might say, ‘I can deliver the project by that deadline if I receive more resources.’”

“Using the approach of giving options, instead of saying ‘no,’ or arguing the timeline is unrealistic, puts the decision-maker in the position of well, making the decision,” he says. “They can determine if the trade-offs are worth it. This way, the project manager is not seen as an obstacle, but instead as a problem-solver presenting options.”