Finished, Not Perfect

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Watercooler

Jake Parker has a great message:

“Finished, Not Perfect.”

Now, we strive for Perfect, but setting the bar too high may lead to a few problems down the line, and being realistic is better than being lucky.

The Breakdown

Mr. Parker’s words of wisdom first appear to be just for illustrators or artists, but this way of thinking can be applied to pretty much any project. Every project (yes, every project) can be broken down into three elements:

  1. Time
    Projects take time, and with time comes management, planning, milestones, and goals. Great things come from investing time and effort.
  2. Money
    Projects cost money (even non-profit projects, because everyone needs to eat), and where there is money, there is a budget, and where there is a budget, there needs to be a cost effective return on the deliverable.
  3. Final Deliverable
    No matter how many concepts, proofs, roughs, or iterations you have, the final deliverable is really the only thing that matters. In more recent times, this idea has become skewed (thankfully) with the process of being Agile.

Henrik Kniberg goes into further detail with Agile & Lean development. It’s a process of building, trying, fixing, and upgrading.

We just needed a way to get from point A to point B.

The Wrap Up

While we don’t live in a world like the movie In Time, Finished, Not Perfect is a great way to learn from your mistakes, perfect a skill, finalize a project, and GET. THINGS. DONE.

Contact us today to start your own project.