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reality check

(1)
The simplest kind of test of software or hardware; doing the equivalent of asking it what 2 + 2 is and seeing if you get 4. The software equivalent of a smoke test.

reality check

(2)
The act of letting a real user try out prototype software.

Compare sanity check.
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The three-day Reality Checks workshop opens with a Fault Lines orientation.
Productive and motivated people have expectations, need goals, need rules for problem solving, need to feel no pain, may need "reality checks," may have baggage they need to shed, and do better when they are treated as responsible adults (by leaders who have the humility of true mastery).
studio where daily classes were being given free while the company's director, John Clifford, apparently subject to no reality checks or obligation to the truth, insisted to the outside world that all was well, going almost as planned.