Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Definition of a pessimist

Following yesterday’s blog on Project Management truisms, one of my ex-managers reminded of one of my discussions with colleagues - several years ago - following my review of forecasts for projects and sales within a new division for which I had acquired responsibility. I was quickly branded a pessimist, and asked if I could produce reports which were more optimistic. My (standard) response was to refer to the definition of a pessimist:

A pessimist is an optimist with experience.

Although I left the organisation shortly after the above discussions, i was reminded that in practice and the fullness of time, it turned out that even my pessimistic forecasts were proven to be mildly optimistic.....

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