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Why the Perfect Project Will Never Be Successful

Mona LisaA perfect result can hinder the potential innovation and overall success of a project. Excellence is more important to emphasize throughout the life of a project.

“Aiming for perfection means that test results have to be 100% perfect or the customer has to be 100% satisfied when in reality most “successful” products and “satisfied” customers have not necessarily achieved 100%. Sometimes seeking perfection can even mean that a business will not move forward with producing an innovative new product because the means of achieving absolute perfection, such as new technology, are simply not yet available.”

Focusing on excellence, allows for flexibility to satisfy the needs of your customer instead of being constrained by an unattainable result. An amazing product that is still being “pressed to perfection” in development will always play catch up to a product in the market that has glitches.

With technology “perfection” is an ever moving target, the desired result at conception is almost always different then the evolved final product. Value your customers feedback, praise and criticism will produce more innovative outcomes then waiting until your produce becomes a masterpiece.

About Ryan Malinoski

Ryan Malinoski was a staff writer and technical assistant for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He joined the team in 2013.

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