February 7, 2020

Questions of polish


Is it done? Are you finished? Is it ready to ship?

If you start with, could it be better?, the answer is almost certainly yes. In the hands of perfectionists and the risk averse this means we’re never ready and we’re always panicked. 

So start somewhere else … will it do what you promised? Will it hit the standards of whatever somersault was specified? And that really means … at the start, make sure you know what you’re aiming for. How will you know that it’s done?

At some point, and it’s probably nearer than you think, questions of readiness turn into questions of polish. How much is enough? Almost everything could be better, but if it does the job you need it to do, and in the way that it should, then it’s time to ship.

Skippy strategy: Know where you’re heading, keep going until you get there.