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Because you have absolutely no control over the weather, you must view it with the utmost caution; the strength of your team can become irrelevant. More people die of ego on mountains than any other cause; failure to turn back at the right time can be fatal. The programming analogy is when you find yourself dependent on things you can't control directly. This includes new, untested technology, scheduled miracles, required violation of known laws of physics, and internal and external suppliers and subcontractors.

Analog: Not enough good people or tools. • Climbing with a team that is too big; the logistical and communications burdens overwhelm the team. Analog: Too many mediocre developers in relation to superior developers. • Taking too long; teams that stay on the mountain too long lose their verve, energy, and desirefatigue takes its toll. Also, they may simply run out of resources. Analog: Software projects that stretch out forever, taking so long that the requirements get changed, sometimes multiple times.

Not having a reasonable plan that everyone understands, believes can succeed, and is totally committed to. Comment: Usually the result of a top-down, hierarchically mandated plan. • Failing to execute, within tolerances, according to the plan. Comment: Sometimes results from the accumulation of many small slips, rather than any one spectacular failure. • Losing gumption when the going gets tough; not understanding that adversity is part of the endeavor. Comment: Just as bad at the office as on the mountain.

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