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3.4. Courage

Courage means making the hard decisions when necessary. If a feature isn’t working, fix it. If some code isn’t up to snuff, improve it. If you’re not going to deliver everything you promised on schedule, tell the customer. Decide what you can deliver and do it.

Courage is a difficult virtue to apply. No one wants to be wrong or to break a promise. The only way to recover from a mistake, though, is to admit to it and to fix it. Delivering software is challenging, but meeting that challenge instead of avoiding it leads to better software.


  

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