Perfection is Over-rated

People who have known me any length of time have probably heard me say that perfection is over-rated.  Some folks think I’m joking, but I’m not.  The plain truth is that there is a certain point – call it “good enough” – where you should stop polishing.  Generally, the quality / cost curve is an asymptote, meaning the next unit of cost gives you an ever smaller improvement.  Those who keep struggling for incremental improvements beyond that quality goal are simply wasting resources, especially time.

The challenge for practicing IT project manager is to work with the stakeholders to get agreement on what is good enough.  And then once that target is reached, to get the perfectionists to move on.  Because perfection, delivered too late, is a complete waste.

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About Dave Gordon

Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty five years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including SaaS solutions like Workday and premises-based ERP solutions like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise. He has an MS in IT with a concentration in project management, and a BS in Business. He also holds the project management professional (PMP) designation, as well as professional designations in human resources and in benefits administration. In addition to his articles and blog posts, he curates a weekly roundup of articles on project management, and he has authored or contributed to several books on project management.