More time doesn't mean better product

moretime.jpg Last week, I posted a brief defense of George R. R. Martin, author of the highly regarded ‘Song of Fire and Ice’ series that’s had fans waiting for the 5th book for some time now.

In perusing my stores of interesting items gleaned from the Internet, I found this short February post from Signal vs. Noise that takes the complete opposite point of view. And despite it being seemingly contradictory to my previous point, I find myself nodding in agreement.

Commonly held notion: “The longer I work on this, the better it will be.” Maybe up to a point. But after a while — and it might be just a short while — you’re being overly fussy.

There’s an optimal release point for anything you make. That’s when you should get it out there. After that, you’re just fiddling for the sake of fiddling. And you might even make it worse. Sometimes what you make will be just fine if it’s released after three months — but add another six months (or longer) and it turns into a jumbled, complex mess.

The trouble comes in figuring out just what that optimal release point is.


Axl vs. Frank: More time doesn’t mean a better product - (37signals)