I'll be interested to hear the rest the cast.
What I heard in this cast was that managers should browbeat their directs into accepting deadlines without regard for planning or reality. I hope that the second episode provides some guidance for determining what a "good" deadline is.
That's a little harsh, right...
But it made me think of this scenario.
1. Ask when the delivery will be :
- 9 months, give or take a couple weeks.
2. Provide a deadline :
- No.. I need the baby in 8 months.
3. What will it take?
I've had too many experiences of being asked to meet deadlines that were either arbitrary, or based on the mis-planning of some other department, that I struggle to accept the notion that management should provide urgency through deadlines.
Especially when those that miss deadlines are often criticized more heavily than those that caused the "urgency" to begin with.
Furthermore, while MT encourages managers to increase the sense of urgency by imposing tighter deadlines, I wonder how many O3s and coaching will be needed to recover from the unproductiveness caused by stress and low morale.
I don't think we shouldn't have deadlines, but I do think they should be based on reality and cast in the context of a high-pace, yet sustainable, effort.