Our very own Scott Belsky writes about the three types of deadlines over at LinkedIn. The first type:
1. Data-Driven Deadlines: You break an entire project down into concrete steps, each with a specified amount of time it takes to be completed. And then, when you add up the time for all of the steps, you get an estimate of time required for the project. After taking into account the number of people working on the project, you get an actual target date for completion – otherwise known as a deadline. Of course, if you miscalculated – or altogether miss – a step in the process, then you will miss your deadline. Upon reflection, you will learn why you underestimated the steps. And such knowledge, while painful to learn the hard way, will be valuable in future project planning.