Managers want to optimize their resources by loading them up and have them do more on the priority list to satisfy the executive suite. The optimum load is approximately 2 projects – one large and one small.
Companies are producing the wrong results, because they’re measuring the wrong things. If you want to ensure long–term success use short-term predictive metrics to quickly inform you that you’re on the right path.
So-called “Waterfall” or “Phase-Gate” product development methodologies often give management the illusion that they are under control of the project, while they are actually just meddling and slowing it down.