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Complexity is creepy: It's never just "one more thing."

The fight against complexity is analogous to the fight against contentment. Find contentment and you will find yourself at the end of a project. Hint: we will never be fully content. We live in a dynamic world of infinite, and never-ending change. There will always be a critique to offer. Perfection is an illusion.

We’ve all worked on projects that never seem to end. Every time you think you’re done, you realize you’re not.

There’s “one more thing” you or your client wants to add. Somehow, you get exhausted and your work suffers. Sometimes you simply burn out and move on to something else.

Why does this happen? Why do we consistently underestimate how much extra work it is to do “one more thing?”


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Adam Stacoviak

Adam Stacoviak

Houston, TX

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Changelog. Hacker to the heart.

2018-11-03T15:51:12Z ago

“Seek not perfection, but instead contentment.” — me (Adam)

And this after-thought is simply something I tell myself on the daily. Focus on iteration. Focus on clarity and setting expectations. Enjoy the fruits of retrospectives. Learn, and repeat.

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