I am rephrasing an old political proverb, but it’s true. If a manager ask you to release four days earlier, after he has promised you to postpone the release date with a week probably the chaos is so big in teams with this kind of managers that you can’t expect any quality from the software product which is developed. The quality is result of software process development instead of shortcuts searching in order to release the product earlier.
If I have to define the first law for managers, I could say that the chaotic “thinking” in manager’s head is multiplied by ten in developers’ heads. Also we shouldn’t forget the fact that manager is only one but the developers, and testers are more so we have explosion of chaos which interfere in the team!
Advice for managers : Dear manager please think in advance at least a week ahead!