Deadline! How Premier Organizations Win the Race against Time

Deadline! How Premier Organizations Win the Race against Time

Deadline! How Premier Organizations Win the Race against Time

Deadline! How Premier Organizations Win the Race against Time

Synopsis

In the world of business, every second counts... and some seconds count more than others. Executives never know when a critical time challenge is going to rear its ugly head, and knowing exactly how to handle it is the only thing that stands between success and failure. Here, based on the author's personal on-site interviews and observations, are the stories of prestigious organizations in a wide variety of industries successfully facing seemingly impossible deadlines. • Broncos Stadium looked like a time management nightmare... until Turner Construction brought it in below budget and ahead of schedule • Every shipping company turned down a unique challenge from Technicolor except for Airborne Express... which now ""owns"" the film distribution market • Tropical storm Allison devastated the area around Conoco's Houston headquarters, overwhelming the local authorities... but not Conoco employees • Boeing's 777, an FBI kidnapping case, the 2001 Odyssey Orbiter on a mission to Mars - how their teams made the impossible happen Revealing (and quantifying) indispensable lessons in managing projects, the book shows how readers can overcome their own extraordinary challenges to beat the clock and achieve exhilarating success." "

Excerpt

The secrets of deadline management are best revealed through the lips of the executives, managers, and team members who actually met the challenge. in selecting which deadlines to profile in this book, my most important consideration was the availability of those who actually did the work. of only slightly less importance was the company’s willingness to share its deadline management philosophy with the rest of the business community, which would include, of course, its own competitors. Determined to reveal new techniques within each chapter, I sought a wide variety of challenges to profile, from a variety of industries—ending up with an nfl stadium, a nationwide film distribution system, a mission to Mars, a kidnapping, a futuristic jetliner, and a relief effort in the aftermath of the “perfect storm.”

I discovered early in the selection process that not every company wants a writer running loose within its facilities, with the intent of publishing its managerial secrets. the six organizations that agreed to be profiled had no qualms about opening their doors to the public. This was due, in part, to the natural confidence of senior management and to the advocacy of key contacts within each organization, who “sold” the benefits of the book project to all who would be participating. Any writer hoping to gain access to an organization needs a champion—someone who enthusiastically embraces the concept of the book . . .

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