The Cult of the Done Manifesto – perfect is not the goal

by | November 16, 2009

This morning Jon Ayre (@EnterprisingA) tweeted:

#EAMantra (11) Failing to deliver perfection is not a crime. Failing to deliver is.

Something I totally agree with, especially if you have been following my blog and the theme of building an EA practice that delivers value using a virtual team.

Tyler Gooch (@tylergooch) then sent a response (Thank you Tyler!!) about The Cult of the Done by Bre Pettis and Kio Stark.  This is very cool stuff!  Here are the 13 statements:

The Cult of Done Manifesto

  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  11. Destruction is a variant of done.
  12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  13. Done is the engine of more.

Brilliant stuff! I will be sharing this with my applications team tomorrow.

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