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Agony Angels: Hitting Deadlines – with Andy Kaufman

Agony Angels: Hitting Deadlines - with Andy Kaufman

‘How can I make sure I don’t miss my deadlines?’ That’s the question Andy Kaufman and I tackle, as we don the wings of two Agony Angels.

Welcome to my guest, Andy Kaufman. At the start of the session, we’ll pick a random number. That will point us to a question from my community about Project Management. We’ll discuss it, and try to end up with some practical suggestions. 

The full question is: 

‘My boss has told me I must not miss any deadlines on my new project. How can I make sure?’

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About Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman works with organizations around the world helping them improve their ability to lead and deliver. This includes working with leaders at the United Nations and other global clients to teach and coach on topics related to project management and leadership.

Andy started his career as a software developer and was promoted into management for all the wrong reasons! He is the author of three books and host of the acclaimed People and Projects Podcast, which provides free PDUs through interviews and insights for his global listeners.

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Our Discussion about Meeting Deadlines

  • 00:00 – Andy Kaufman
  • 00:32 – How Agony Angels works
  • 00:47 – Let’s pick our question
  • 01:01 – My boss has told me that I must not miss any deadlines on my new project. How can I make sure?
  • 01:35 – First idea
  • 03:32 – Tip #1
  • 04:09 – Tip #2
  • 04:41 – Second ideea
  • 05:27 – Tip #3
  • 06:43 – Time-driven projects
  • 08:18 – Schedule and quality
  • 08:50 – Value Engineering
  • 09:08 – The gold-plated railway
  • 09:36 – MVP – Minimum Viable Product
  • 09:54 – The deadlines or Milestones along the way
  • 10:40 – How do you keep on schedule?
  • 12:03 – Critical Chain
  • 13:01 – Keeping people motivated – and Lean Projects
  • 13:39 – ‘What do you need from me?’
  • 14:16 – Project Manager and Project Monkey
  • 16:27 – Look at your projects through the lens of waste
  • 17:23 – Rolling wave planning
  • 20:36 – More from Andy Kaufman…

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About the Author Mike Clayton

Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.

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