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In engineering and project management there’s something called a pre-mortem: a post-mortem done in advance. Where you say, “this project was a disaster, now what went wrong and how do we fix it?” Then you prophylactically fix the problems, or design them out, before you've done anything else. It doesn't stop the completely unexpected, but it does reduces the count, builds contingencies, and lets more voices be heard up-front (which gets more buy-in). You can’t do this with people who want to deny that things go wrong, so it (and accountability) have fallen out of vogue with the rise of progressivism and millennials, but hopefully it'll make a comeback.


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