Progress Over Perfection
Waiting for perfection can stall progress. By focusing on iteration, we emphasise forward movement and acknowledge that improvements can always be made down the line.
Adapting to Change
The world, especially the technological landscape, changes rapidly. By iterating, we stay flexible and adaptive, rather than getting stuck with a "perfect" solution that may soon be outdated.
Learning from Mistakes: Perfection can be paralyzing because of the fear of making mistakes. Embracing iteration means accepting that mistakes will happen, and they can be invaluable learning opportunities.
Releasing iterative products allows for more frequent feedback from users. This feedback is crucial to refining and improving the product.
Trying to achieve perfection can consume a disproportionate amount of time and resources, often with diminishing returns. Iteration, on the other hand, ensures that resources are utilized more effectively.
Regularly releasing iterative improvements can build momentum for a team or company. It fosters a culture of continuous improvement and progress.
Meeting Market Needs
The market's needs and demands evolve. By iterating, companies can ensure they're meeting current demands rather than aiming for a perfect product that may not align with market needs when it's finally released.
Launching a "perfect" product involves a significant amount of risk — what if it fails despite all the effort? Iterative releases allow risks to be spread out and managed more effectively.
When perfection isn't the end goal, teams feel more free to innovate and try new things. This can lead to more creative and out-of-the-box solutions.
About Fraser Clark
I've been a professional developer for over 10 years. I've been consulting and developing websites & software for small businesses, multi-nationals & governments.