Thursday, January 29, 2009

Perfection Is An Unrealistic Goal

Linda Rising gave a presentation on a topic that is still fairly misunderstood. She tries to address the question "What is the best way for us to work as individuals?" She talks about not deceiving yourself and understanding that everything is a journey without a destination. It is better to build something that is known to be imperfect now, than wait for clarification, as more knowledge can be gain from a system that doesn't work than any theoretical discussions. Software development is like a series of experiments, a series of learning cycles. She then uses our regular sleep cycles to identify our optimal work cycles and emphasises the importance of taking breaks throughout the day to improve productivity.

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