Why is Voltaire being released so closely with Gougen?

Maybe I’m the only one who thinks this is an elephant in the room, but let’s check.

Software is unpredictable and difficult to do, and good software twice as much.
We can see the delays and the issues revolving the Shelley roll out, and all of that is understandable, and even agreeable imo. And I don’t see a reason why we should expect a different outcome in future releases.

If I am not mistaken, we are expected to try and release Gougen and Voltaire very soon, and in close proximity, and I’m just wondering about the wisdom in that.

So beyond velocity, are there any major justifications why we shouldn’t space out major releases more?

What’s wrong with just focusing on Smart Contracts in the near future and doing it right?
Perhaps it’s a little late to bring this up, I’m simply concerned we’ll botch both releases.
Thank you!

I think I’ve come up with the answer myself -

Because IOHK’s contract is going to expire at the end of the year.

So if that’s the case IO have to deliver Voltaire by then to get elected back in, and support the legitimacy of their mandate. Could end up being quite a bind.

Great point! I wonder how much that is playing into the timeline and decision making process.