Projects can have a habit of going really well until they are 90 percent complete; then they hit a snag and progress no further. Sometimes this is because the teams have been pushed hard all the way through the project and when the work is sub-stantively over the hump, they give up. This pressured approach is unsustainable. It's just like running your car at full revs continuously—pretty quickly the engine will fail. The same is true of people.
It's a better management technique to relieve the pressure before the team is spent. As development hits the stage where documentation and beta testing kick in, relax the pace. By all means explain why, but allow them to recover their strength for the blitz of the final stage of development.
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