One of those rules of work, I have recently had a chance to wonder upon.

As we work, and as others work on our behalf, we often have expectations on three fronts:

Speed – or a time limit with which we expect work to be done.  Quality – or a certain standard of outcome that we expect from the work effort. Innovation – or a measure of “new”, and of pushing the limits of the possible.

However, it is rarely ever possible to get all three of these together.

Speed & Quality. If one needs work to be done fast, and at great quality – the work has to be standardized to some level. Expecting innovative changes while pushing for rapid turnarounds, while maintaining quality levels, is asking for a bit much.

Speed & Innovation. If one needs innovative and path breaking work, and done in a time bound fashion – expect quality to be compromised. There will be risks taken to push the limits, and short-cuts attempted. And it is normal that standards will be bent.

Quality & Innovation. If one needs innovative work, at a very high quality – give it time. It is almost certain that the first rounds of innovative work will meet few quality standards, and that repetitive enhancements and improvements will be required for a high level of perfection to be achieved.

What does this mean, one may ask?

If you would like (yourself or someone working for you) to do high quality work, either make it standardized and repetitive – so that it happens fast, or if you would like it to be innovative and path breaking – give it time.

Innovation must be given time to perfect itself and meet standards over time.

Rapid turnarounds and time-boxing often result in a compromise between quality and innovation needs.

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