Do It Right, The First Time

May 14, 2008

A personal mantra of mine. Within the technology environment I know there will always be requests for changes, or yes, even things that break. It can be tough to maintain the discipline for all of these to ensure that you are thinking strategically on what the “actual” problem is. Then design a solution that fits the present and the future.

Slapping band-aids and duct tape on an issue may fix something temporarily, but in the longer term it just creates fragility and issues within the technology environment.

If a 5 minute band-aid solution will get rid of the “immediate” issue, but leaves the possibility of re-ocurrence or more difficult work in the future, and a half hour solution will get rid of it permanently and and can be leveraged into the future. Take the half hour.

I know it can be difficult to do, especially when there is an issue that has one or more people hanging over your shoulder demanding a resolution yesterday.

An Information Week (Canada) print edition quote of Michael Serbinis, CIO of Indigo sates;

There are a lot of long term negatives to short term positives”

The context of the quote is doing the wrong things well, versus doing the right things. So if it is worth doing, take the time to do it right.

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