The Tyranny of Perfect

Aiming for perfection paralyzes us…forbids us to try…because if we try and fail to reach perfection, it is a failure.

Perfect insinuates that this is the best we can do… we are done… that’s it. Perfect closes the door of possibilities, of better things, and innovation.

Long time ago, the U.S. Patent office believed that all that is to be invented has already been invented. Perfect has been achieved. The best we can do has been achieved.

Not quite. That’s not true. Look at inventions and innovations coming from the people from Xerox, Microsoft, Apple, Tesla…

Today, the U.S. Patent office is busier than ever compared to a decade ago.

People try…and learn fast. And they don’t do it alone: people connect and engage to create new, innovative, and better (even silly) things.

Try… do… and ship your work… then make it better next time.

Tyranny of perfect be gone!

Apply this thinking to your first Program Increment (PI) Planning: Do it… don’t aim for perfection… it will be chaotic…make sure you have a huge retrospective wall… to capture what went well, what did not go well, and what can be done better next time. This way, you and your team of agile teams are intrinsically motivated and driven towards excellence and mastery… invokes a sense of purpose…a sense of something better to strive for.

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