At this time of year, with so many holidays in many countries, it is difficult to move forward with project schedules.
One tip for project: Push all project deliverables forward. Do not count on making anything due during the holidays. Even if your site is active over the holidays, there are often too many key people gone to be able to reliably accomplish any milestones.
To those projects whose sites will remain open and who plan that they will possibly accomplish anything, I’ll say that that’s commendable. If you have enough people around to truly get some work done, then that is a great thing. However, I find that most of the work done during these holiday periods tends to be individual assignments. If I had a lot of programs to write, now would be a time when I could get a lot of peace-and-quiet to work on them. But when I have assignments where I still need user input or other group assignments, I would say that it’s worth taking off for the holidays during this time and restarting it all in January. It definitely isn’t a time to try to finish these types of assignments.
In the effort of finishing off only the most necessary tasks for the end-of-year, this will be my last blog post for 2012. I wish all my readers the best for their own holidays, and for the best start for their projects in 2013.