Progressing from 0 to 1 is challenging, but striving for perfection is even rarer

Admir Mujkic
3 min readJun 2, 2024

Software development is like traveling through uncharted territories. Every step forward, from the initial idea to a functional product, requires not only technical skill but also patience, perseverance, and courage.

However, there is a subtle yet crucial difference between progressing from 0 to 1 and striving for perfection. While the first step is often the most challenging, the second is rarely achievable.

The Power of “Good Enough” in Software Development

Many engineers and teams face a paradox: while we strive for perfection, we often lose sight of what truly matters — progress. This is where the philosophy of “good enough” comes into play, where the 0.75–0.80 coefficient is a turning point. Instead of spending unlimited time perfecting, adopting a “good enough” approach allows us to introduce changes faster, adapt to feedback, and continually improve.

Why is this important?

When we focus on achieving “good enough” instead of perfection, we open the door to faster innovation and more efficient results. Perfection is subjective and often unattainable, while “good enough” is a concrete goal we can achieve.

This doesn’t mean we should sacrifice quality, but rather recognize when the product is ready for launch and improvement through real use and feedback.

Faster innovation and more efficient results

Through experience, it becomes clear that user feedback is invaluable. Every time we release a product that is “good enough,” we get the opportunity to learn what truly works and where improvements are needed. This philosophy leads us to an agile approach, where we continuously test, adjust, and improve our software.

Reducing stress and increasing productivity

Besides improving productivity, the “good enough” approach reduces stress among team members. Perfectionism can be a burden that drains energy and enthusiasm. When we accept that progress is more important than perfection, we create a work environment that is healthier and more productive.

Reducing stress allows us to enjoy the process of creation, which is crucial for long-term success and job satisfaction.

Continuous improvement

Finally, the “good enough” philosophy reminds us of the importance of continuous improvement. In the world of software development, where technology and user needs are constantly changing, the key is to be ready to adapt. Each iteration of our product is a step forward, and each step contributes to our long-term goal.

Striving for progress instead of perfection means accepting that there is always room for improvement, but that this should not be an obstacle to moving forward. By adopting this approach, we not only create better products but also become better engineers, teams, and leaders.

Conclusion

In conclusion, while progressing from 0 to 1 is challenging, striving for perfection is often an illusion that can slow down our progress. By embracing the philosophy of “good enough” and focusing on continuous improvement, we open the door to faster innovation, reduced stress, and more efficient achievement of our goals. At the end of the day, the key is in balancing the pursuit of quality and recognizing when it’s time to move forward.

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Admir Mujkic

Admir combined engineering expertise with business acumen to make a positive impact & share knowledge. Dedicated to educating the next generation of leaders.