1.For the sentence" the schedule is tight", and is there any other words to express the same meaning with the adjective" tight" ?
2. i would like to say some one have the quality that are able to handle the tight schedule, how to express that kind of quality? Thanks!

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    "The project schedule is tight" is a very good way to express this idea. Why are you looking for something different? – Adam Sep 19 '17 at 4:50
  • Oh, i just want find another word, may be an adjective to say that? is there any words appropriate? – Olivia Sep 19 '17 at 5:02
  • May be a single word ? thanks! – Olivia Sep 19 '17 at 5:02
  • Not exactly what you are after, but if someone is on the critical path, any delay in his work will result in overall project delay. Someone who is not on the critical path can finish her work today or tomorrow, and the overall project will still finish on time. The second person has float or float time. NOTE: These are technical terms used in project management. To the lay person, the most common term by far is that the schedule is tight. – Adam Sep 19 '17 at 5:25
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    A "lay person" (or "layman", "layperson") in this context is a non-expert. Originally the adjective "lay" (and the noun "laity") designated ordinary Christians, those not in religious orders; but for the past century or so "lay" has been extended to ordinary people without advanced technical understanding of whatever field is under discussion. – StoneyB on hiatus Sep 19 '17 at 10:53

When a project schedule is tight, there is usually less time to complete the project than person or team assigned to it really needs for it. That means that they will have to stay focused on the task at all times, or sometimes work faster than they normally would, or work extra hours during the week, depending on how "tight" the schedule is (and on the country where the job is located, since there are a few countries which do not permit exploitation of workers).

Typical phrases used to describe a candidate for such a job involving tight schedules:

... must be task-oriented

... must stay focused

... must be able to handle pressure

... must respect deadlines

... must be willing to stay late

... must be willing to work weekends*

* where permissible

If you had to sum those things up in a single quality, the most commonly used word in job descriptions (in AmE) is dedicated.


You could use juggle:

  1. verb
    If you juggle lots of different things, for example your work and your family, you try to give enough time or attention to all of them.
    The management team meets several times a week to juggle budgets and resources.
    Mike juggled the demands of a family of 11 with a career as a TV reporter.

You wouldn't call that person a juggler though (the usual meaning is different). Maybe a person who can juggle various activities to follow a tight schedule.

Other words to describe such a person might be multitasking or versatile.


She is someone with good time-management skills

She is good at working under pressure.

She is able to meet (her) deadlines.

more informal

She is a go-to player.

She is a performer.

She is a crunch-time player.

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