Dealing with Impossible Deadlines

Many freelance projects exist because the deadline has already been missed. One management solution to a missed deadline is adding more people; put more workers in the trenches! Well, if the trench can only handle two workers to allow room for shoveling than more than two is a problem.


We have seen cases where management will add so many people to a project and the result is that everyone gets in the way of getting the project completed. This is where your technical communicator skills can save the project from another missed deadline.


  • Be articulate, and explain the issues impacting deliverables
  • Use simple examples like, 10 gallons of water do not fit into a 5 gallon tank
  • Introduce phased deliverables


Commitment to a phased approach is one of the key components and potential solutions to handling impossible deadlines. In addition, the first phased deliverable serves to educate your client about the issues that make the deadlines impossible.

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