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Unjustifiable Precision

October 17, 2011 Leave a comment

In Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications“, Grady Booch bluntly states:

Unjustifiable precision—in requirements or plans—has proven to be a substantial yet subtle recurring obstacle to success. Most of the time, early precision is just plain dishonest and serves to provide a façade for more progress of more quality than actually exists. – Grady Booch

Pretty harsh, but wise, words, no? So, why do managers, directors, and executives repeatedly demand micro-granularized schedules and commitments from knowledge workers from day one throughout the life of a project?

  • Because “that’s the way it has always been done
  • To maintain the illusion of control
  • To flex their muscles and “hold people accountable” each time a micro-commitment is broken

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