I had an interesting conversation with an enlightened product manager recently. We love to converse in analogies, and a recent one surrounded the difficulty of completing the required scope of our release plan in the timeframe allotted. So, out sprung the analogy... trying to fit 10 pounds of potatoes into a one-pound [capacity] bag.
The extension to the analogy is that peeling the potatoes to make them fit is an insufficient approach. It may be appealing in the sense that you're making progress, but the order of magnitude difference required to make the potatoes fit will never be satisfied by a peeling approach.
A similar analogy might be suggesting to folks on the Titanic that they pick up a bucket and start bailing.
When great change is needed, great courage is required to make game-changing differences in approach. Otherwise, you're just postponing your date of failure.
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