Task Delay means non-meeting of the preplanned due date of a task. If a task executor cannot cope with the assigned work in time, then this task is called a procrastinated one, or just not completed on time, or delayed (time allocated for the task completion has expired, but the required results haven’t been delivered yet).
Task delay may result into postponing this task until the assigned resource has time to continue working on it (if for example this executor is overloaded with other more important tasks), or reassignment of this task to another performer, or even the task cancellation. If a task is a part of a greater project, then a task delay may result into overall project delay (if a task lies on the Critical Path of a project, then its delay will surely lead to the same delay of this project’s due date).
Here are the ways to overcome or mitigate task delay problem:
- Prevent task delays by providing on-time assistance and support to task executors;
- Prevent task delays by adding more resources (accelerating work) beforehand;
- Reassigning the task to another executor who can complete it;
- Removing the task from the project schedule (revising project scope and plan);