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    A deadline is not the only standard


    A deadline is not the only standard

    I met a team this week who were working on a task and they were stressed about it, working hard, pushing on, staying back late to get the work done to meet a deadline.

    It was due 6 days later. The only target or standard they were going for was the date, the deadline. And it seemed they were working as many hours as they could until the date arrived. But something was missing.

    We talked about identifying, asking for or clarifying other standards as well as the date, say, the quality required or expected.

    How much?

    What’s required by the due date?

    One page or six?

    Some key headings?

    Raw data or curated insights?

    None of these were known. It was all about the due date. It was full speed ahead, doing whatever they could until time ran out. Other work and priorities they had on fell away.

    We worked together on asking clarifying questions so they could gather more information about the expectations and requirements required for any of the work they're doing. It will save them hours/days of unnecessary work and will dramatically reduce stress levels.

    Overwork, burnout and perfectionism is a growing problem at work. It’s worth seeking out and then going for more than a deadline.


    Determine the minimum effective dose 

    What’s the least you could do, the least that’s required?

    Some people think the world is going to ruin, that quality will drop if we don’t do our bestest of the very best of the best on every single thing we work on.

    Oh sure, high quality and attention to detail matters, but not on everything! Keep quality for the things that really matter.

    The whole minimum viable product (MVP) strategy is an example of doing just enough of the valuable stuff for a product or service to get it ready to put it out there.

    So what’s the least you need to put in? Do that and then test or validate it.

    Oh, and there’s the minimum effective dose strategy too. Medicos and pharmaceuticos know about identifying what’s the minimum amount of a drug or treatment that will ‘do the job’. (There’s the ‘do no harm’ mantra in there too.)

    Let's play the same game. Stop doing harm to your self, your mind (and others) thinking you need a maximum dose of something (or everything) ... or that more will make it better.

    Your good enough is likely good enough. Go test and validate it sooner than you think you can, to see how good enough it really is. That’s a minimum effective strategy that will bring some mega results.


    Lynne Cazaly - Keynote at Agile Alliance 2019

    What a privilege to be at Agile 2019 in Washington DC and today, to take to the stage and deliver a keynote.

    The topic was ‘ish: The problem with our pursuit for perfection and the life changing practice of good enough.’

    Here's a visual summary of the key points I presented. You can get the book, ebook or audiobook - yes with me narrating - wherever you normally buy your books!

    The bottom line is, perfectionism is a problem that is on the increase. Most of us have a little bit of perfectionist in us. When we are encouraged to bring our whole selves to work, that means we will be bringing some of our perfectionist traits as well. Sometimes that can slow down our abilities to achieve, collaborate and deliver great value to our customers.

    It’s worth our while to find alternative ways of working that don’t involve the pursuit of perfection (which is impossible to achieve.)

    Are you a 'bit of a perfectionist'? 


    Agile is a way of thinking and working 

    This week I'm at the Agile 2019 conference in Washington DC. Some people think 'agile' or 'agility' are buzzwords or cliches. Well they are if you throw them around trying to sound all ... agile!

    Agile is actually a way of thinking and working that's sweeping the world. And it's not just limited to the tech industries where it started to thrive. It's being applied across all sorts of fields, sectors and industries.

    I keynoted at the conference on the topic of ‘ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of Good Enough’.

    This week I'll be posting insights and key points from the 18 streams and hundreds of sessions available on agility ... not to mention those magical, spontaneous conversations you get to have at great conferences!

    If you’re stuck in long-term planning mode or taking w-a-y too long to get products and services created and out into the market, you’ll join the list of businesses who aren’t in business anymore! We all have to adjust, respond and adapt to the changes going on in the world and the demands and expectations our customers have. This is being agile.

    How could you be more agile in your role, team or business?


    Choose satisficing over maximising

    When we're working on a task or activity at some point we need to say, ‘Enough. It's satisfactory. That will suffice.’ 'Satisfactory’ and ‘suffice’ were cleverly combined in Nobel Prize–winning economist Herbert Simon's Theory of Satisficing.

    This decision-making theory says look at alternatives and go with the best. Make a choice. It will do, it is good enough.

    In my book ‘ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of Good Enough’, ish means somewhat, to some extent. Ish is about satisficing.

    Maximising is not good for us. Perfectionists (called ‘maximisers’ by Simon):

    - exhaustively seek the best options

    - compare everything against others to an unhealthy degree

    - expend excess time and energy, and

    - end up unhappier with the outcomes.

    Ish is the opposite; it's about being a satisficer. We:

    - accept good enough

    - not obsess over the options

    - move on after deciding, and

    - end up being happier with outcomes.

    It's good enough!