We’ll Ask for Estimates and then Treat Them as Deadlines

When can you deliver this project? Before you answer that question, ask a few questions yourself:

  • is there a sponsor?
  • has the budget been approved?
  • solution designed?
  • vendor selected?

What you’re trying to communicate by asking a few questions is:

  • A project sponsor is critical to success;
  • Without a budget, you can’t start, and that you need a budget!
  • Who can you get on your team?
  • How fast you can deliver is dependent on the quality and performance of your team.

Estimating a project deadline is dependent on various factors, is a complex endeavour, and you need some time to produce a good estimate.