Closer to Perfect Than Done

If perfectionism has been something you work with, you've probably heard in recent years that "done is better than perfect." I'm guessing the roots of this motto are from the lean or agile movements. God knows I haven't had a software upgrade in decades that worked as it should from day one.

This all started today because the computer I've used as my main video workstation for the past four years has started to sound like a jet engine preparing for takeoff, and the monitor crashes from overheating are becoming more frequent. Planned obsolescence has become so normal that we tolerate less than mediocre products as if there isn't a higher possible bar.

SaaS services have been offering similar experiences. Short beta tests that don't address most of the bugs are released into the wild, where people like you and I are the second and remaining phases of development and testing. And I mention several of the Saas subscriptions I use have started charging more, but they're offering fewer features and limited access. What the hell?

I've had to bring this idea back to my own activities and see those places where I've settled for much less than I should have when delivering my services in the interest of done being better than perfect. When we start to wonder where all the customers and clients have gone, the first place to look is the place where products and services are closer to perfect than done.

#done is better than #perfect = #mediocrity

Mediocrity isn't satisfying .