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Yes. I would say people or teams which developed solutions that look as if they "just appeared out of careful consideration" did not -- they simply learned from others and took in that prior world knowledge. The solution space for most problems is not "one global optimum" -- use cases have to be taken into account (which is why great projects like Clojure are not used for everything).

I would go so far to say there isn't actually a dichotomy here -- you should be swapping between launching something with a hypothesis (in lean mode) then gathering feedback and considering alternatives as you are proven correct/incorrect (hammock mode). I think Galls Law [1] is also relevant here:

"A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system."

If all you do is think and think, then you open yourself to mis-timing a solution, feature and scope creep, and risking "unknown unknowns". If all you do is launch and incrementally iterate you'll be stuck solving very narrow problems.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gall_(author)#Gall's_law






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