Why do so many IC design teams commit to development schedules they know are not possible to meet? I ask this question because it’s such a common occurrence in the semiconductor industry. (Don’t read this article if you never miss schedules.)
Schedule misses are so common as to be an epidemic. It’s as if unrealistic project plans are part of the DNA of the chip industry.
Design teams are loath to complain too much about pie-in-the-sky plans. That’s because they gain little by raising red flags, even though they end up shouldering much of the blame when projects miss schedule. Moreover, complaints are often met with resistance by some of the organization’s stakeholders. It’s just better to play along with the charade, as it increases the likelihood their project plans will get funded. [More]