Management by Impossible Objective

Management by Impossible Objective is a style based on the idea that people will produce more in less time if they are given goals that are difficult to achieve.  It often morphs into goals that are impossible to achieve based on the notion that the only way to max out productivity is to pick a target that is above what is achievable causing people to work as fast as possible.

There is some truth to the argument that people can procrastinate until they have well-defined targets. The idea breaks down when people realize or come to believe that the targets are unreasonable or made without an understanding of the details that went into the estimate.

Agile takes a different approach that delivers continuous incremental value. Work is done until the backlog is complete or the ROI is less than the cost being invested.

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References

https://hbr.org/2017/01/managing-a-team-thats-been-asked-to-do-too-much

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