Start-Up Tip: Task Duration Buy-In

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Hello good people of the world! Today’s post might be a bit of a rant, but this is something I’m seeing lately and is a good way to kill your project schedule. What I’m talking about is task duration buy-in. It is critical in a start-up project to get all stakeholders and especially responsible parties to buy in to the amount of time they are allotted for each task in the schedule.

And I mean formal buy in. Get it in writing. Have them sign their name to it.

Too often I have seen a schedule suffer due to this gross oversight. Yes, a schedule may say you have three days to complete a task, but if that duration feels arbitrary or not “owned”, it is not going to be met when other priorities come in to play. This is especially true with resources that are not used to working in start-up environments/come from steady-state situations.

Get buy in, have consequences for failing to meet dates, force resources to delegate when they are overwhelmed.

What’s your go-to method for getting buy-in on task durations and keeping that schedule moving along?

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