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Why Chasing Perfection is Killing Your Products

February 21, 2024

Are you and your team on the journey of developing innovative products and solutions? If so, there's a vital insight to consider: perfection may not be the ally you’re seeking. Here’s why embracing imperfection could be the key to your success.

1. The Delay Dilemma

Perfectionism encourages delays, particularly in feedback cycles. The frameworks like Scrum emphasize the importance of delivering a working product swiftly to foster rapid feedback and collaboration. Overemphasis on perfection can delay product release, enlarging feedback loops and hindering improvement.

2. Time to Market

In today's competitive landscape, time is of the essence. Striving for absolute perfection can inadvertently extend your time to market, allowing competitors to capture your intended audience. The goal should be to innovate rapidly and efficiently to maintain a competitive edge.

3. Learning and Adaptation

Agile and Scrum are focused on continuous learning and adaptation. If perfectionism leads to procrastination, learning is stalled. Winning in the market requires speed in learning and adapting, not flawless stagnation.

4. People First

The Agile Manifesto prioritizes individuals and interactions over processes and tools. Setting unattainable standards can demoralize your team, undermining morale and productivity. Remember, a motivated team is your greatest asset in navigating the complexities of product development.

5. The Risk of Burnout

Perfectionism can be exhausting. It sets unrealistic expectations, leading to burnout and a decline in team commitment. Instead, focus on creating a supportive environment where the team is encouraged to deliver value and make meaningful progress.


Innovation isn't about being perfect; it's about being brave, making decisions, and moving forward with a clear focus on value. Let go of the perfectionist mindset and embrace a value-driven approach to product development. Remember, in the agile world, progress and learning always trump perfection. Not to mention the fact that it is difficult or maybe even impossible to stay a perfectionist in the complex world.




Hello! I'm Joanna. I work as a trainer, consultant, mentor, and coach in Action Learning. I'm passionate about helping individuals, teams, and organizations tackle complex challenges. Enjoying my content? Want to learn more? You're warmly invited to get in touch with me: :)


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