Deadlines rule most of our work lives, and we know that nothing gets done without them. But at the same time, we know deadlines are often arbitrary dates someone selected to ensure a task would actually get to completion. Here's NogginLabs' CEO Traci Knudson's two cents on real and not-so-real deadlines.
Your timeline is our timeline when it comes to projects, and we take those dates seriously. But things happen. Your reviews can take longer than expected, and getting approval from all your stakeholders can take a while to wrangle. We try to be transparent about our process and the time we need to make a product you love. We also ask that our clients stay as transparent about timelines and deadlines as possible. Let us know early on which deadlines are absolute musts, which deadlines are general targets, and which deadlines are flexible. Those flexible deadlines are bread and butter for creative and collaborative projects. A few extra days here and there might make the difference between great and really great, meaning we don't have to make sacrifices building a course to meet a deadline that isn't set in stone.
And when you do have those deadlines set in stone, here a few tips for making sure you nail them.