Things that work may not be perfect
A friend advised me the other day not take the unnecessary risk of trying to make something that’s working well, perfect. He explained that too often one tries to get something that’s working well already to a perfect state, just to break the whole thing in the process. This concept of “The best is the enemy of the good” has stayed with me ever since our conversation.
We frequently try to get to the unattainable state of “perfection”, but it’s most often better simply to stay with what’s working already. I’m not talking about innovation. The iterative nature of innovation calls for the drive to perfection by definition. In the process it’s encouraged to fail in order to learn and move forward. But once a working situation has been reached, sometimes the risk of continuing beyond that stage only leads to trouble.
It’s hard to say when enough is enough and that one’s further efforts to achieve the illusive state of perfection becomes too risky. A third party who has not been involved in the creation process usually provides the perspective needed.