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When Good Enough Is Better Than Perfect

In the constant pursuit of a perfect solution, are you actually causing more harm than good? Unfortunately, too many organizations spend so much time seeking perfection they waste valuable time and resources, which ends up costing the organization. In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray examines when “good enough” is the better answer.

Hiding behind the desire for constant perfection can actually create a lack of action. There is never a “perfect” time to strike, and even if you are wrong, you can learn from the experience and come back better next time. To understand when “good enough” is the answer you need to fully understand what the costs are of not acting. For example, if a system is reaching the end of its lifespan and is incapable of handling a merger, every day that passes raises the mitigation cost.

There are instances in which perfection is not only the noble pursuit, but the right one. A surgeon would hopefully have perfection as his ultimate goal. However, in technology, this idea of perfection should not be the be-all-end-all goal. Yes, a perfect accounting system would be great, but if that cannot happen for years it is better to have an imperfect system running presently.

Whatever the standard may be or the goal of the organization, it is vital to make it known to the entire team so that everyone is on the same page. This is the leader’s job. A discussion on expectations may even uncover the need for new standards no one thought about before. Humans are perfectly imperfect, as they should be. Sometimes, good enough is the best outcome that can occur. Some fields demand perfection, while others will be harmed by the constant pursuit of the unattainable. Is perfection really right for you?

You can read the original article here: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/when-good-enough-is-better-than-perfect/

About Danielle Koehler

Danielle is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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