The WSJ (both print and online) has been doing a lot of legwork trying to understand what went wrong with the financial gamers of recent (by the way, two writers were brave enough to use zero-sum game - we really need to look at those who argue non-zero-sum where the basis is imaginary [and I'm not using that is the lauded connotations of advanced mathematics]). We'll be pulling from those types of traditional media to build analogs that are appropriate here.
One would hope that engineering projects, despite the tie into money, would have a little better handle on things, as, after all, something material comes about at some point. And, those things can be test the various ways necessary.
Though, looking at software makes one still wonder about all this. In the terms of software, though, releases can stage. Perhaps, we've learned to live with this given the fast modes brought by the web. Other products need to be complete prior to release; would not that make schedule something to be more insightful about rather than to just push milestones over quality?
Also, financiers, and their money, may have an economical basis, yet something stinks there; some might tout greed, but we have an even more fundamental problem to resolve. Greed could be 'umpired' with the proper 'gaming' model. Of course, perhaps those who successfully line their pockets like the rugby metaphor more.
But finances are only part of 'oops, loops, and oops. We'll need to be more multi-faceted, general, yet specific where it is of interest and use.
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