Shortcuts are tolerated in survival situations because it’s an all or nothing situation for the team. The problem with a shortcut is that it may not pay off in the long run. Teams that are focusing on surviving may sacrifice long-term goals for the short-term. When this becomes a way of life, it is difficult to imagine a future that isn’t a survival situation. This is because the numerous shortcuts made today perpetuate that survival state of the team as they chip away at the potential of the future.