Re: tracking writer progress on tight deadline?

Subject: Re: tracking writer progress on tight deadline?
From: Annamaria Profit <inteltek2 -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 23 Mar 2002 16:58:18 -0500

One of the advantages of working in the advertising industry was that I had a traffic manager--who actually scheduled the process across all the stages. Traffic managers assign work time frames, delivery and production deadlines, travel times, and then actively track the product through every stage. It was a pretty fair process. And they negotiated/arbitrated any variances between depts/vendors and with the client.

What I've found without traffic management is that each input group schedules everyone else's work time frames on a shoestring and their own on a "if and when I get around to it" schedule. I actually had one new business VP get an RFP on day one of fourteen days until due date, keep it for thirteen days, and give it to me at 4pm of day thirteen, because he was leaving a day early for a 4 day weekend to Cape May with his wife and didn't have time to consider it.

One solution might be to attach cash incentives for early deliveries and penalties for late deliveries--at maybe a percentage per day--across the board--including your piece?

At 12:12 PM 3/23/02 -0800, Andrew Plato wrote:

"julie brodeur" <jool -at- petting-zoo -dot- net> wrote
> The answer here could just be to trust my co-workers to get their work
> done on time.
Bingo. If you torture them night and day and make them conform to some
arbitrary process, they will likely rebel and do nothing. Just set the deadline
and let them work.
> Of course, what do I do if they *don't* get their work to me on time, and
> my deliverable doesn't meet the deadline. :(
Life in the big city. You adapt, improvise, and ram it all together.

Annamaria Profit
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