Optimism Management

Here’s an interesting post from Incipient Thoughts posting the opinion that perhaps it isn’t risk management as much as “optimism management” that software projects need. He points out that optimism is often a contributor or cause of problems, because it downplays the risks. “We don’t have to plan for that, we can just knock it out” and other kiss of death phrases always give me the cold sweats when I hear them.

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