The Cost of Perfection Is Higher Than You Think
Yesterday I was in a conversation about the cost of getting a specification to a “perfect” state. I made a bold statement that most times perfection has too high of a cost and that I just need good enough. After stating that I started to consider what “good enough” really means.
What is “Good Enough”
- Good enough has the appropriate quality that meets the needs of the task. For NASA, it may be down to the micrometer
- Good enough enables the customer/individual to do the task with a high level of satisfaction that doesn’t frustrate them
- Good enough drives higher throughput
- Good enough can be iterated on
What Perfection Costs
- Time to market - Perfection may have you missing the train
- Stress - Perfection always has complications that add tension
- Strategic thinking - Perfection gets to deep tactical execution which distracts from strategic initiatives
Michael Hyatt just posted a fantastic article about “Perfectionism” that covers a lot of this same theme.
John Maxwell has posted a couple of articles on the 10-80-10 rule.