I get it. There’s a perfectly excellent way to do things; we’ll cover all the bases, cross all the tees, make sure we’ve done our research, carried out every check, push on every balance point and make the final manoeuvre with the full knowledge and agreement of the team. Or, we could take this short cut; approximating based on imperfect information and diving through the gap.

Hmm. So the question … Why is the short cut not a good idea?

That doesn’t mean knowing what’s wrong with the short cut itself (for which, see route one via all the bases), but more, what’s the worst that could happen if we jump ahead based on assumptions? If it gets us through the gap, and the risk is acceptable, what’s wrong with making the decision and getting on with what we find?

Skippy strategy: If there’s a quick way, ask what’s wrong with it?