The Biggest Danger of a Shortcut
Shortcuts are compromises to the everyday operations that may eliminate some of the necessary work or costs that can move a team toward a goal. Limited resources and personnel are common reasons to consider a shortcut. It is a calculated risk that is aversive to most people the first time. Shortcuts become most dangerous when they pay off. That successful shortcut not only takes the edge off the risk of future shortcuts but also perpetuates the need for a shortcut in the future because of the compromises that were made.