What’s the difference between negativity and realism? Sam Barnes argues it’s the difference between a successful web project and a disaster. It’s the difference between “Hey I’m flying!” and “Weeee…donk.”
Blind positivity can be just as dangerous. If you have a concern, voice it! Nodding and smiling isn’t going to make the issue go away. Assess the situation, and make sure you’re right by exploring the original path that everyone else seems enthusiastic about. Still doesn’t seem doable? Now is your time to play the downer.
As quickly as you reach bottom, build the team back up. No one likes to work with a negative Nelly. They will, however, be happy to look to a person who offers solutions to the problems that cause them to go overtime and over budget. There is a fine line between positivity, negativity, and realism. If you’re brave enough to walk that line, the result could be a perfectly balanced project.