Dr. Adrian Del Caro, Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education, the University of Colorado

Adrian Del Caro
In order to ensure the smooth completion of your dissertation, your attention to the mundane but ineluctable issue of parsing the submission and review process is critical. Unless you establish reliable practices for having your material reviewed, misunderstandings could arise and cause delays.

Once you have your committee members on board, deliberate with your advisor to work out a plan. Will all readers receive the same draft at the same time? Will your advisor first comment on a draft before you submit it to the other readers, so that they are viewing copy that has already been vetted? Do the other readers have the right to recommend major revisions? How much material will you submit each time, to ensure that your readers have opportunity for input? Allowing your readers to view small segments early on will help you to establish good writing habits. Other related questions will arise.
With clear and reasonable ground rules, you should be able to make the rounds of your committee members in such a way that they know when to expect another draft, roughly what shape the draft will be in, and what direction your work is taking. Contrast this with the extreme case of a student who submits lengthy, quasi-finished sections, usually at the last minute, only to find that the work is rejected by her advisor and the other readers who have been kept in the dark. Or consider the possibility that you have kept only two or three of your committee members reasonably apprised, and the remaining ones decide to hold out.

In short, try to work from the outset to avoid surprises and misunderstandings concerning the degree of completion or refinement of your work. Build into your writing process a management scenario whereby
you earn the good will and constructive criticism of all your committee members. Some students expect their advisors to do virtually everything for them in this regard, but that places an unfair burden on the
advisor. Managing the dissertation process by maintaining constructive relations with your committee is a challenging task, and excellent practice for that "real world" in which not only your knowledge, but your people skills are in demand.