Yesterday was the first day I came home and zonked out. Today I crashed. Like many, I’m a creature of habit. Interestingly enough, my habits are weekly, though. My weekends are almost always action-packed so whatever habit I was in the week before, it’s normally ended by Saturday evening. If I’m late to work on Monday, I’m usually late all week. If I work late on Monday… I work late all week.
This last weekend I worked the entire weekend. We’re heading for a release at work, and I was juggling no less than 6 side projects at the same time. The balancing act is fun, but I tend to take on more and more… and I simply work harder and harder. Last night it caught up with me and I napped. Tonight, I crashed. I’m pooped out. And I’ve gotten my ‘week of habits’ off to a bad start. Now I will be instantly tired when I get home from work and will probably find myself sleeping each night when I get home. Argh.
On the bright side, that means that I’m in demand, always a good thing! On the negative side, I don’t like settling on my work. I have an excellent understanding of delivering perfection vs. delivering. I like perfect. I hate lige delivering… though my clients would never know the difference. Delivering often means that months later I find myself ‘redoing’ something that I knew I could have done perfect at delivery had I had the extra time.
Marketing and Software is often like this, though, don’t you think? Deadlines demand execution and often toss out perfection. The calendar is often more important than the results. The need to deliver is stronger than the need to deliver perfectly. Often, I notice that clients would much rather sacrifice features, functionality, and aesthetics to get something in their hands sooner rather than later. Is this an American flaw? Rush, rush, rush… crash? Or is this a global flaw?
I’m not advocating ‘creep’. Creep is when the definition of completion continues to ‘creep’ until you never are able to complete a project. I despise ‘creep’. Even without creep, how come we never seem to have the time to execute perfectly anymore?
På South Bend Chocolate Factory bestiller jeg min kaffe med ingen foo-foo... hvilket betyder ingen chokoladeske, ingen piskekrem, ingen kirsebær, ikke støv af chokolade eller drys af sirup ... bare kaffen. Ingen foo-foo får mig min kaffe uden at vente på de andre ting.
Note: If you’ve never been to the South Bend Chokoladefabrik, you’re missing out on a great place with great employees. They have personality… not mindless drones. And the first time you get a nice mocha, be sure to get the foo-foo. It’s a nice treat.
Tilbage til mit punkt ... firmaer som google, Flickr, 37 signaler and other modern successes toss the ‘foo foo’. These folks build great software with no foo foo. They build applications that get the job done, and are fairly adamant that it doesn’t do more than that. It works. It works well. Some may think it’s not ‘perfect’ though because it lacks the foo-foo. Huge success and adoption rates tell me that this is not true for the majority, though. They just want it to do the job – solve the problem! I notice at my work, that we spend a lot of time on the foo-foo.
Jeg spekulerer på, om du går ned uden foo foo.
Måske er vi nødt til at begynde at organisere vores leverancer på denne måde, så vi kan levere bedre og hurtigere:
Foo-foo:Hvad skal vi kalde det? Hvordan skal det se ud? Hvad er alle de muligheder, vi kan sætte i det? Hvad laver vores konkurrenter? Hvad ønsker vores kunder? Hvornår skal vi have det gjort?
Ingen foo-foo: Hvad skal det gøre? Hvordan skal det gøre det? Hvordan ville en bruger forvente, at den skulle gøre det? Hvad har vores brugere brug for? Hvor lang tid tager det at få det gjort?