04-22-08 - 1

Am I an obsessive over-perfectionist? Absolutely. Do I get bogged down in minor details and waste time fixing other people's mistakes that aren't actually important? I hope not. Anyone who does that is just retarded, since a true perfectionist should be trying to optimize their overall efficiency. A big part of the overall optimization is making good decisions about what to obsess over and what to let slide. Also a good perfectionist realizes that you aren't just trying to optimize a certain product or a certain process, you are trying to optimize the big picture which includes your relations with your coworkers, your amount of intellectual capital, the annoyance factor you are building up from nagging people, the mental momentum of the established way of doing things, the value of the existing standard & documentation & knowledge, and lots of other fuzzy factors.

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