proactive planning

Today, as part of my learning process, I sat in on a planning/progress meeting for one of the plethora of projects currently happening here. At one point the project manager set a quite aggressive (ie. early) date for the first release. A few people in the room expressed some nervousness about whether such an early date would cause quality to be compromised, for example. “No, of course not – because we’ll be doing a bugfix release a month later,” he proudly announced. “Tremendous,” said everyone. “Good plan. Well done.”

I sat very quietly in my corner, observing. If that’s good practice, I really do have a lot to learn…