Top Ten Challenges--No. 6. Know the Critical Path. Stay off the Critical Path.
The critical path, or flow of a project’s momentum, is always changing.
Know what the team’s next three milestones are, who owns them, and how close you are to accomplishment and acceptance.
Stay off the critical path—have your deliverables provided on-time, and in a way that is easily acceptable by who is taking custody for this delivering this solution from you.
If your solution is not acceptable to the next one in your project foodchain, you own the problem of making it acceptable.