When you stop to think about it, deadlines are one of the most familiar practices in a business setting; we’ve all been dealing with them in one way or another since our first encounter with homework. By setting up a precise schedule of events and breaking up the entire project into a series of deadlines, teams can actively plan and meet their goals rather than stumble towards one large date. But just as there’s ambiguity with one deadline, so is there with many of them.
Project deadlines are incredibly helpful, but also demanding and intimidating. They don’t have to be. A large portion of project management stems from the deadline; without them it’s basically impossible to keep track of a project’s progress. Setting proper deadlines is a project management skill that’s not a simple walk in the park - that’s why it’s so important to take a step back to make sure you’re using them effectively.