“When you finish a project with an unrealistic deadline, your reward is another project with another unrealistic deadline.” Meridian Health Plan CIO Tom Lauzon made that observation at the Progress Exchange conference I attended last week, and it’s definitely worth bearing in mind.
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While it’s easy for IT projects to run past deadline, sometimes the time scale proposed for a project simply isn’t realistic. If you agree to that anyway and work yourself into the ground to make that happen, chances are you’ll see more of the same. If it can’t be done, explain why — and explain early.