General Notes about Deadlines
Real vs Arbitrary Deadlines
If an item has a real deadline - a date after which consequences will occur, make it apparent. Often we “pretend” to have deadlines to manipulate people into working harder. These are arbitrary deadlines.
Two Types of Deadlines
- This is important deadline urgent (mission critical) projects (to prioritize resource allocation and effort)
- This is not important deadline least important ones (to limit use of resources and effort)
Prefer to call the “This is not imporant deadline” as a resource limit.
When Deadlines Loose Value
- When you cannot guarentee the resources they need to complete the item.
- When deadlines are arbitrary.
- When it is not clear if the item is a resource limit.
- When work items are too large or unclear.
Benefits of Deadlines
- Deadlines can effect the amount of scope creep in work requested.
- Deadlines ‘force’ people to take action.
- Timeboxing is valuable for feedback on the chances of an item succeeding.
Disadvantages of Deadlines
- Deadlines can effect the quality of the work delivered.
- Incorrect deadlines can place unnecessary expectations on people to deliver.
“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”