Perfection is Overrated | The Practicing IT Project Manager

Ever since I retired, I have rekindled my fondness for working in wood. My workshop consists of the 43-inch between the front bumper of my truck and the east wall of my garage, even though the truck moves when I need more space. More, Space matters, And I depend almost entirely on manual tools. And because space is important, I built a Dutch toolbox to store and protect them.

This is a classic design, with a lid sloping forward to avoid using it as a place to put things “just for a few minutes”, and a sliding door at the bottom. I also built a rolling cart, with a similar fall door, to keep it mobile. Loaded with tools, it weighs almost 200 pounds.

I will not go into the details of the mistakes I made, from choosing wood to design flaws, to the flaws in the tails and laces I cut to connect the case together, to the rework when I learned to mix and apply milk paint. I’ll just say that when I made mistakes, I corrected them. After thirty years in project management, I’m used to things not going as expected. I even left a few mistakes exposed, to remind me that perfection is not only unattainable, but overrated.

Looking down into the chest A wise man once remarked, “It is not a mistake until you can correct it.” And we have acted on that wise counsel for thousands of years. You just have to get the perception that good designs are evolving, that adjustments are desirable, and that the outcome is more important than the process.

I could point out dozens of flaws in this project, but what people are looking at is The overall end result. From Eddie Van Gaal’s painting work to the intricate tool racks to the Winscott in the back to the bottle opener on the left, it’s both decorative and functional. and It that’s what important.

“The relentless pursuit of perfection has been my problem over the years. It may have held me back.” Ronny O’Sullivan was right. If we’re afraid to make mistakes, we will not start. Worse, we will not finish anything. And because we spend time and money on projects to provide benefits, we must define acceptable quality based on the Benefits We want to satisfy, not the egos of the personalities involved.


Integrity is overestimated

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Building a toolbox reminded me of a critical lesson: the end result is more important than the mistakes made along the way.


Dave Gordon

Grandpa Dave’s workshop




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