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Catastrophe Disentanglement: Getting Software Projects Back on Track by E. M. Bennatan

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Step 6—Can Minimum Goals Be Achieved?

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Put a person who is five feet ten inches tall into six feet three inches of water, and the odds are he’ll learn to swim, says noted business pundit Tom Peters. He may sputter and spit a bit, but he can always hop up off the bottom and get air. But, continues Peters, put the same person in seven feet four inches of water, and you may have a dead body on your hands [1].

Peters’ point is that stretch goals are fine as long as they are of the six feet three inches variety and not the seven feet four inches kind.

When is a goal high, but not too high? Or in swimming pool terms, if the person is drowning, how ...

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