You are on thin ice if you need to decide how to spin the information.
Listen to that little voice in your head when it says something doesn’t smell right.
If you say “I think they’ll buy that?” You shouldn’t be trying to sell it.
You are likely to get into trouble if you try to pick someone to blame.
You say, “I hope management doesn’t find out?” You should be the one telling them.
Transparency is another important element of honesty. I appreciate project managers who make it easy for stakeholders to participate by providing transparent plans and reporting on progress. Stakeholders and team members should be able to access their project information on a whim, and know enough.