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10. When It All Goes Wrong

Survival in the Face of Reality

Patrick Gleeson

(1)London, UK

I don’t know whether you’ll have picked this up from the foregoing chapters, but I’m a pessimist. A cynic. A glass-half-empty kind of a guy. I’ve cultivated this outlook very deliberately over the last few years, because I find it to be extremely useful, professionally speaking. For one thing, it helps me combat the developer’s natural inclination towards over-optimism that makes accurate task estimation difficult.1 For another, it leads me to prepare for the worst, which, from a technical project manager’s perspective is very helpful, because the worst happens with charming ...

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