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> The idea of dragging things out until firing is a "last resort" makes it sound like it's a long process and that is a bad thing.

"Last resort" does not mean "long process", it means, "only when there is no reasonable expectation of being able to improve fit to an acceptable level".

Whether it takes a while to reasonably determine that or not depends on what the problem that has manifested is and what opportunities there are to alter conditions to address the problem.

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