I just met with a program yesterday that’s planning 90 features for the final quarter of the year. 90! How is that even remotely possible?

And I think this is the difference between Waterfall values vs. agility.

Waterfall begins with optimism now, and ends with pessimism later.

Agility starts with pessimism now, and gradually gets more optimistic as things become clearer.

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There is indeed an epidemic of optimism when we begin, Maarten.

“Sure, we can take on that project. Sure we can do this, as well as that, why, we can do it all!”

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