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By babjee50 ·
What happens when a project is late? what alerts, if any are generated to the PM/Managers/Customers when a task runs late?

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by pjpatiky In reply to project get late

When a Project is late it means that the Project Manager is not proficient. Meeting deadlines is utmost in business. Excuses never produce satifying results. If a task requires overtime, group meetings, over the shoulder management, then do it. A late Project loses the respect of the awaiting customer and the Project Manager's CEO.
If it is anticipated that the Project will be late due to some unavoidable topic the Project Mananger should advise all parties in advance and specify the reasonsfor the tardiness and what plans are awaiting to get the Project up and running when the unavoidable topic is corrected.

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by RealGem In reply to project get late

I'll answer your last question first. When a task runs late, it might not be important. You have to investigate, of course, but you may determine that it's a non-critical task being performed by a non-critical resource. In that case, I would monitor it, but not report it as a crisis.

However, if it's a critical task or if it impacts a critical resource, then the task delay will delay the entire project.

I'm not sure what you mean by "alerts". If you're talking about one software product in particular, I can't help you.

You definitely need to let people know that the project is running late. The alternative is to omit the knowledge or lie about it, and those would only be acceptable to someone with an unprofessional attitude who is not concerned about their continuing employment.

But, you can't just send out mail saying "we're late". You have to include your action plan for addressing this. Maybe you do nothing, and just accept the delay. E.g. you're one day late, and don't want to spend $5,000 to recoup that lost time.

Your action plan could include re-assigning tasks, adding new people, working overtime, cutting scope, and so on.

You plan, though, should consider the impact that the late project will have. What is the cost of being late. If there's no cost, should you spend more money to erase the slippage? It's not always clear cut. Maybe this is just a low-priority maintenance project that was only guaranteed staff on a "best efforts" basis.

The bottom line is that you must think about it. Consider your alternatives, and don't just react in a textbook fashion.

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