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The ancient military axiom goes “Hope for peace, prepare for war.” In other words, the act of preparing for war makes peace far more likely.

The analogy holds with IT projects. The more you anticipate and plan for the eventualities that make projects fail, the less likely those failures are to occur. So, a project formulation of the same principle would be “Hope for success, focus on failure,” which isn’t necessarily a good slogan to share with your CEO, but bear with me.

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