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Enterprise Software Security: A Confluence of Disciplines by Dan S. Peters, Mark G. Graff, Diana L. Burley, Kenneth R. van Wyk

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2. Project Inception

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What phase of a project plays the largest role in its eventual success or failure? Various answers to this question are defensible, but we think the pivotal moment often occurs early on.

Take a look at this list of the six phases of an engineering project, as one of us first learned them decades ago (source unknown):

1. Enth usiasm

2. Disillusionment

3. Panic

4. Search for the guilty

5. Punishment of the innocent

6. Praise and honors for the nonparticipants

Your authors have participated in each of these phases, sometimes voluntarily; and it is our conviction that it is most often at the time of project inception that innocence, ...

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