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When someone takes way too long to get a first draft out because they’re being perfectionists and you praise them for their quality craftsmanship

Does that ever happen in real life? I don't think people need any more encouragement to praise speed. Speed is already valued an order of magnitude more than quality to the point where it is the only thing that's looked at. (In part that's because speed is easier to measure and show on a chart.)




Totally depends on the person. You rarely see the work of those people because they never get anything out the door.

If you're familiar with the Dunning-Kruger effect, it's the flipside of the fools who don't know how little they know and ship garbage. The people who are strongly aware of how little they know may never ship anything.

Ira Glass puts this well: "Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through."


Totally depends on the person. You rarely see the work of those people because they never get anything out the door.

How can a developer get nothing out of the door without eventually getting fired? I honestly cannot imagine an environment that would allow this.


"Never" was hyperbole.


I agree. I think the speed argument is becoming a little oversimplistic. The problem usually isn't speed as much as folks not spending that time on the right items. No one would complain if you took 2 more days to build a feature that you felt was absolutely key for your product; but everyone would complain if you always felt rounded corners were super critical or you always feel every feature is critical.

Note that you don't always have to be always right(meaning that feature you thought was really needed does not have to take off) but you do need to constantly calibrate your judgement so you get a feel for the type of intensity any given problem requires.




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