I ask because I've never done it, and would have to have pretty extreme circumstances to do so. I've just started a new project where I'm supervising 4 other consultants and am stunned to find 3 of them really casually, with barely an explanation, (certainly not ones that could not have been foreseen) asking for extensions? am I odd/naive/prissy to be suprised by this?
Did they go to my college? My lecturers are always extending deadlines for students who haven't finished projects on time. Its incredibly irritating to those of us who do and surely not a good representation of 'real life' projects.
If you take a project on, are timelines not discussed / agreed at the start as to what is practicable and fair? I turned down a project recently, because they asked for results in 3 weeks and I needed 5 to meet their objectives. I said the dates I could give feedback for and was thanked for my honesty, but they went elsewhere. Bit annoying as whilst I was busy at the time and juggling projects, now I am not busy and need some projects!
reading between the lines I think they are young (I haven't met them - they are abroad) and are combining bits of consultancy with other stuff. I think they have over-stretched themselves/under-estimated the work involved. which could mean that coming in hlaf-way through, as I am, could be really tough. oh pants.
my first proper job was as a journalist on a weekly - it created a deep-seated attachment to deadlines. we had monday end of day deadline for features, wednesday for news, thursday lunchtime for financial news. end of. negotiation was unthinkable. in 3 years of working there I think the only time I saw changes to these was when a king rather inconveniently popped his clogs on a Thursday. I was completely shocked when I changed sector and found that "deadline" had a completely different meaning to an awful lot of people.